I know that everyone who predicted the winner of this game most probably went with the Knicks because the Kings were truly struggling this season. However, with superstar Carmelo Anthony and starting point guard Raymond Felton out, someone needed to step up. The starting lineup for the Knicks in that game was Jason Kidd, Ronnie Brewer, James White, Kurt Thomas, and Tyson Chandler. I thought this lineup was going kill the Kings lineup, but I was all wrong.
The Kings started out beating the Knicks on every play and possession. Then the most embarrassing play of the whole game happened, but sadly it was not in the Knicks favor. Chris Copeland drove in to the basket very slowly and tried to bank it off the backboard and in to get 2 easy points. Then, when he placed it off the backboard 6 foot guard Aaron Brooks swatted it off the backboard for a rejection. He fell out of bounds, but saved the ball. Chuck Hayes got it and passed it to Jimmer Fredette for 3 and they got it in. Mike Woodson was not very happy at Copeland after that.
The Kings looked like they had it in the bag pulling off a 27 point lead in one part of the first half. However, Jason Kidd hit a buzzer beater at the end of the half to symbolize that a comeback would happen. And it did. J.R Smith was going insane with his jumpers and layups. Tyson Chandler got 21 points and 18 rebounds which is very impressive. Jason Kidd was great too. Then the 4th quarter was going down to the wire and the clock was ticking down 4 minutes, 3 minutes, 2 minutes, and kept going. Jason Kidd hit a 3 pointer to give us the lead 103-101. Chris Copeland then hit a jump shot making the score 105-101. Isaiah Thomas on the Kings hit a big shot to make to score 105-103, Knicks are winning. Then, Kidd tried an alley-oop to Chandler but it was stolen by Cousins. He passed it to Isaiah Thomas who took a clean jump shot but badly missed. James Johnson got the rebound and tried to power up a shot but that was an epic fail. He got the rebound again and passed it to John Salmons in the corner with 3 seconds to go. Salmons saw James Johnson, who was the one who kept getting the rebound, and passed it to him. The Kings did not want to take a 3 pointer during that possession, but with 1 second left, James Johnson had no choice.
Now, James Johnson before this shot was 0 for 11 on the season from downtown, but when he took the shot and the buzzer rang, the only 2 things you could here were the crowd cheering and the ball spiraling into the net. The Kings won the game 106-105.
It was truly a lucky shot. Now, I, myself, cannot call this a true loss for the Knicks. I mean, Carmelo Anthony and Raymond Felton were both out and we only lost by one point. It just shows how good of a team we are. I guarantee that if Carmelo had played in that game we definitely would have won, possibly even destroyed them.
After yesterday’s game, I can’t help but talk about the Lakers. When the Lakers first started the season, they were doing terrible with Mike Brown being their head coach. So, the Lakers fired him. The Lakers were looking for someone to hire to be their new head coach, they could have possibly gotten Phil Jackson, one of the best coaches ever, they could have gotten former player, Brian Shaw, or they could have Mike D’Antoni, former Knicks and Suns coach. They chose Mike D’ Antoni. I thought that they were joking when I first heard about it. He was a terrible coach in the Knicks and the Lakers just picked him up. The Lakers record prior to last night’s games was 4 wins and 8 losses. Remember, this is the Lakers we are talking about. Then came last night’s game against the Knicks.
Now, most people probably thought that it would be a blowout with the Lakers taking the game and Kobe scoring like 50 points. No way, they were wrong. The Knicks started the game out strong and went up by around 25 points. With Kidd on Kobe, there was no way Kobe was going to score too easily. D’ Antoni was upset at his team thinking they could do better and he was right, they could. The Lakers came back and then it was a trading baskets kind of thing. A two there, a three here, a two here, a two there, it was crazy. Then, the Lakers finally started making a comeback, but the only way they could do it was by injuring Carmelo who scored 9 of the Knicks first 11 points in the first quarter. Let me explain what happened if you didn’t see it and if you did, just relive the glory. Melo drove down the lane hard, tried to do a dunk and then Dwight Howard knocked him to the ground all body. After that, Carmelo’s leg landed and when his body came down it twisted back just a little bit too much. He left the game diagnosed with a sprained left ankle. No flagrant?!! I promise you if that was any other team that would have been a flagrant and for the Heat, Grizzlies, or Spurs it would be an ejection. Anyway, back to the game, the Knicks were up by 20, then 18, then 16, and it kept growing shorter in the 4th, until it was a 7 point game. I was now shivering when I was watching the game at this point. However, we pulled it off. The Knicks won 116-107 and Melo was the leading scorer for the Knicks! The guy gets injured early in the 3rd quarter and doesn’t return but is still the leading scorer with 30 points. That’s insane!!
In my opinion, D’Antoni is a terrible coach, whether he is in the Knicks or Lakers. I just want to say to Kobe “Good luck with D’Antoni” because it is not going to be easy. There is one thing I am looking forward to, though. I want to see what happens when Steve Nash comes back because the only team D’ Antoni did pretty well in was the Suns with Steve Nash and Amar’e Stoudemire. So I am looking forward to seeing that, but that is a long time from now because Steve Nash is injured. Anyway, I’m just glad he is not with the Knicks!
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The Knicks definitely surprised many people with their 11 wins and 4 losses start this season. They surprised me too. I love the fact that they are still undefeated at home, with all their losses being on the road. I think this is one of the best starts for the Knicks in franchise history, certainly in my lifetime anyway. The real surprise is that it shows the team is up for a championship run this year so far. The only other times they started seasons like this was back in the 1970 season when they won their first of two titles, and in 1994 when they went to the finals, but lost to Hakeem Olajuwon and the Rockets.
The person that I am most impressed with is Carmelo Anthony. He leads the league in points per game in the first quarter with 10.5 points. Also, he is third in the NBA in points per game throughout the whole game, right behind Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant. However, those are not the things I am most impressed with, what I am most impressed with is his passing of the ball. He is starting to drive in and bring the defenders in and then kick the ball out to the open man. That is called good basketball.
Another player I am impressed with is Jason Kidd who has back spasms now. I did not even know he was third all time in three-pointers made. He is a very unselfish player and is clutch. Ronnie Brewer and J.R. Smith are also making their mark. Ronnie Brewer is starting to hit the three point shot. I thought that he was just a defensive player and was a good finisher in the lane but I was wrong, he is much more than that. He does everything from rebounds to assists to fantastical dunks, and I am just glad he is on the team. Also, J.R. Smith is probably having the best year of his career. Now, many people were saying that he is a big ball hog and he never passes, and they were right, in the beginning. Now, he is starting to pass more and is finding players like Steve Novak for three and finding Carmelo for the open jump shot.
My name is Mike V. I am an enormous basketball fan. I also am a die-hard Knicks fan. After graduating 5th grade, I started writing this blog at the age of 10 in the summer of 2012.