Knicks 97, Cavaliers 93
By Seth
Posted on Thu Mar 29, 2007 at 12:16:59 AM EST


(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

I told you! The Knicks got an unlikely but desperately needed victory against LeBron James and the Cavs tonight, 97 to 93. Some clutch plays and solid games from Curry, Marbury, and Frye gave the Knicks the rousing victory. I was in the house (in section 103, no less), and got to enjoy a win that I predicted and needed badly. I don't have any real game notes, but here's a few Assorted Somewhat Silly Randomly Arranged Postgame Emotions. (We still need to think of an acronym for that)...

  • Before I rip on Steve Francis, let me just say that he started the game with a few made jumpers and a nice dish or two. Now that that's out of the way, Steve managed to produce one possession that was a microcosm of his entire season. Late in the first quarter, Francis had the ball, dribbled a few seconds off the shot clock, and then took off towards the basket. Only he didn't go TO the basket. No. He went UNDER the basket, and made a full circle to return to his original position. When he reached his starting point, he slipped and sprained his ankle while the Cavs took the ball the other way to sink a three in a 5-on-4. For those of you keeping score at home that's about 15 seconds of mindless dribbling, one leg injury, one turnover, and one surrendered 3-pointer for Steve all in that instance. He did not return.

  • Randolph "The Angry Tromboner" Morris got his first minutes as a Knick! He was..well...active. He drew a few fouls and, like, touched some people, but didn't do anything major.

  • I love LeBron James. I love most NBA superstars. But as soon as LeBron comes to the Garden, with a number of people there only to see him, I hate him with all the spite in my heart. Anyway, LeBron was being a little bitch and falling down a lot, and some fans were getting very upset about it. My favorite moment of the game came when he ran into Jared Jeffries and took a hard fall to the floor. The entire crowd gasped and went silent as LeBron writhed in pain. Seizing the momentary quiet, my friend and I both simultaneously hollered "PISS ON HIM!" to the disgust of some people around us. Totally worth it.


    PISS ON HIM!

    (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Another great moment came when LeBron guarded Nate very closely in the first half. Fearless Nate took a step back, put a FILTHY crossover move on James, and then wet a rainbow jumper in his eye.

  • Let's rehash the final minute or so of the game. With the Knicks up 2, Marbury buries a riveting three-pointer. Coming the other way, the Cavs miss a three, but the rebound goes out to Ilgauskas, who dishes to Pavlovic, who makes the second-effort three-pointer. Dagger. 2 point game. The Cavs get the ball back and Z goes to the line. He makes the first. Between shots, I summon all of the energy in my body and focus it on his missing the second free throw. Ilgauskas bricks the second and the Knicks rebound. After a timeout, New York inbounds with 32 left in the game. The ball is passed around, and it reaches Frye, who finds himself bottled up in the corner. He unwisely dishes to Marbury, who has to hoist up a 3 as the shot clock expires. It goes in, then out, around every part of the rim, and then back in. Game. Between the Pavlovic 3 and that shitty last possession, this had all the makings of a heartbreak lost. But the powers that be let that ball roll into the hoop. And boy was it good.

  • Some individual performances...Curry was extremely solid. He had 25, including 11-14 shooting at the free throw line, and got all of the Cavalier big men in foul trouble. Marbury had a good 16 and 8, and Frye dropped 16 and 7. Don't forget little Nate, who couldn't find the range, but had 7 rebounds and 3 dimes to go with his 12 points. He's starting to find some composure and flow to his game.

That's all for tonight, folks. Thanks to everyone who commented on the game thread. Great win. Back tomorrow. Peace.

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Game Win Thread: Knicks vs. Cavaliers- 3-28-07
By Seth
Posted on Wed Mar 28, 2007 at 03:15:27 PM EST

Tonight, the Knicks will beat the Cleveland Cavaliers. I am so goddamn positive of that. There's no need to preview, because it's a sure thing.

I'm heading to the game win tonight with an old friend who has season tickets (REALLY close..and I get to eat at the Play by Play!), so I probably won't have detailed game win notes for you. Nor will I be participating in the game win thread comments. You, however, are strongly encouraged to get the banter going while I'm gone.

Anyway, I've gotta get some shits done before I go, so post any comments about the game win, subs, hoagies, and heros as the night goes on. I'll be back later to recap. Go Knicks. Peace.

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Refamiliarize Yourself With the Opponent: Cleveland Cavaliers
By Seth
Posted on Tue Mar 27, 2007 at 10:41:34 PM EST

Here's a rehash of the Cavs KTO. There are gonna be more and more recycled KTO's as the season winds down. Deal with it.

Meet the Cavaliers!

#6 Shannon Brown- Shannon, like Kobe Bryant before him, is splitting time between basketball and an ongoing court case. Shannon's case, however, is over whether or not he can legally change his first initial to a dollar sign.

#1 Daniel Gibson- Daniel was sad that Cleveland drafted him. He was hoping to land in Miami or Orlando, or really any place where he could find seashells to add to his collection.

#90 Drew Gooden- If you look closely, the small patch of hair on the back of Drew's head is actually a vagina.

#32 Larry Hughes- Larry makes a point of keeping to a rigorous, slimming diet, but sometimes, when nobody's around, he sneaks in an extra celery stalk between meals. He then looks in the mirror and cries at what a fat slob he's become.

#11 Zydrunas Ilgauskas- Although he's a clumsy, injury-prone big man, Zydrunas can pick off an infant lynx with an M40 sniper rifle from 250 yards away.

#23 LeBron James- LeBron has embraced his role as a leader and mentor for the rookies, teaching Shannon Brown to catch a cookie off of his nose and training Daniel Gibson to "heel".

#19 Damon Jones- Damon is gradually building himself a global empire. Along with promoting sneakers in Asia, he has taken endorsements for facial cream in Denmark, mosquito repellent in Portugal, and instant grits in Bhutan.

#27 Dwayne Jones- Every game, Dwayne strives to count all of the floorboards on the Quicken Loans Arena court. He always loses count somewhere around halfcourt, though.

#24 Donyell Marshall- Donyell and Coach Mike Brown have a deal going this season. After any game that Donyell scores 10 or more points, Brown will feed him cupcake frosting with a spoon, just like mommy used to do.

#14 Ira Newble- Despite his deceiving name, Ira is not an elderly Jewish man.

#3 Sasha Pavlovic- Sasha is bald now, but he didn't get his head shaven. He was born with detachable hair, like a Lego man.

#31 Scot Pollard- After his on-camera blunder of encouraging kids to do drugs, Scot's upcoming commencement speeches for the Harvard and Yale classes of '07 were both cancelled.

#20 Eric Snow- While most players quench their thirst with Gatorade during timeouts, Eric enjoys a nice cup or two of maple syrup.

#17 Anderson Varejao- When Anderson came out of the womb, he already had a full head of long, curly hair. And a headband.

#4 David Wesley- When David gets sweaty, he just flaps his ears to cool off.

Those are your Cleveland Cavaliers. Game thread coming tomorrow. Peace.

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Tuesday Aardwolves
By Seth
Posted on Tue Mar 27, 2007 at 06:00:38 PM EST

Here's what's floating around the internet today...

  • Big news: I'm no longer the rookie of SBN Basketball. Jim at Green Bandwagon now has that honor. Head over there and check out his fantastic new Celtics site.

  • SML wanted a link, and a link he gets. Check that out to read his hilarious transcript from last night's loss.

  • Meet Randolph Morris. Son of Dippin has the inside scoop.

  • Found on TrueHoop (like most good things. I bet I'm gonna meet my wife on TrueHoop): Ben Wallace is gonna wear Starburys.

  • Knickerblogger's recap of last night's game. He makes a good point: Why didn't the LoveTub play in the second half? For once, Jerome was actually playing decently, but he sat the rest of the game after his third foul.

  • If you didn't see the end of the Nugs-Pistons game last night, it was fucking loco.

  • Good news for me: I thought my season at the Garden was over, because I don't have any games left in my share of season tickets, but an old friend of mine who has seasons of his own (and much better seats) invited me to the Cavs game tomorrow night. Book it.

That's all for today. I'll be back later with your recycled Cavs KTO. Peace.

UPDATE: Two more things. This post at Pounding the Rock made me laugh so hard I nearly threw up. James White quickly made me a warm cup of tea to soothe my stomach and tucked me into bed, all while saving a sperm whale from poachers. Other thing: Lee and Q might be shutting it down for the season. Given the way the team is unraveling, they might as well. I might go back on that statement. (Found on Father Knickerbocker). That is all.

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Magic 94, Knicks 89
By Seth
Posted on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 11:03:14 PM EST


(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

That sound you hear is thousands of sobbing Knicks fans around the world. That one stung. The Knicks kept close, but a poor third quarter, some clutch play by Jameer Nelson, and one bogus call helped the Magic pull away in the game and in the playoff race. Nelson hit two huge three-pointers in the last minute, and Dwight Howard got away with a textbook goaltend to ice the Knicks. Game notes:

  • Before tip-off, Dwight Howard rubs Bo Outlaw's bald head. I wonder if the Knicks rub Jerome James' belly.

  • Speaking of the LoveTub, James was the first Knick off the bench. He immediately had a rebound taken from him by Jameer Nelson. Later on, though, he had some nice defensive plays and a solid posterization of Darko Milicic. A couple airballs and 3 fouls sent him right back to the bench, though, with a semi-sarcastic ovation from the Garden crowd.


    Aww yeah. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • Why does Keyon Dooling always have an angry face? It's like he's really pissed off every time he goes on the court. Or he's shitting his pants.

  • Isiah was ready to brawl in this one. On one play, Tommy Nunez Jr. very emphatically made a charge call against the Knicks, even going so far as to stand a few inches from Thomas when he signaled to the scorer's table. Isiah's eyes lit up like Kurt Thomas' used to, and he started pacing and licking his lips. I seriously thought he was gonna go apeshit on the ref. More on that later.


    (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • The Knicks were settling for shitty jumpers in the first quarter, but were electrified in the second. Marbury was getting to the basket at will, and Robinson and Balkman connected in transition on two consecutive plays to end out the half.

  • The best way I can describe Clyde's suit jacket is "cookie monster blue".

  • A little public service announcement: If you are a child who wants to participate in the halftime talent contest, do not sing. I've seen enough of these to tell you that the one kid who plays an instrument ALWAYS beats the shitty singers. I think it's because most people can tell when you screw up vocals, but don't detect at all when you fuck up some Beethoven. A piano or violin will usually do the trick. Oh, and the younger the better.

  • What do you call a Magic player? Magician? This is why team names that aren't decidedly plural should be outlawed.

  • In the third quarter, confetti randomly started raining down from the Garden rafters. Breen hypothesized that it might have been remnants from last night's Elton John concert. You might say that Sir Elton brought his gayness on tonight's Knick game.

  • In the fourth quarter, Curry air-balled a free throw and then swished the next.

  • Malik Rose pulled his signature chair pull/shorts tug on Darko Milicic, with total success. Commenter DoctorK16 made a good point when he wondered why the league hasn't made note of this yet. Because it's hilarious, that's why.

  • Rose appeared to badly hurt his finger at one point, and then immediately fucked up an alley-oop pass to Curry. I'm no basketball expert, but generally when you jam your finger, it's probably best not to attempt a pinpoint lob pass immediately afterwards.

  • I said I'd mention Isiah again. Well, on one of the last plays of the game, Marbury drove to the hole and had his shot very obviously goaltended by Dwight Howard but there was no call, to everyone's (evern Howard's) surprise. Isiah looked like he was ready to knife someone, running way too far out onto the court and reaming out the referees. He nearly went Wayne Brady on some refs. I'll tell you what...Isiah may not always be the best decision-maker, but I love his passion. The guy really cares for this team deep down in his heart.


    "Is Isiah Thomas gonna have to choke a bitch!?" (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • Mardy Collins looked pretty solid in 23 minutes. He's got decent hands around the basket but by no means should he ever shoot from the outside. I don't care if he was wide open on a pool-sized rim. Mardy Collins may not shoot.

  • Steve Francis is a black hole. To quote the immortal Olden Polynice from the classic film, Eddie, "a black hole is a theoretical object in space. It is so dense that matter collapses... and light itself cannot escape." I think that sums up Stevie's game these days.

  • Some other individual performances...Channing Frye did absolutely nothing (OK, he had 7 rebounds, but still)...Curry was kinda blah. He had 17 and 4, but never really dominated at all...Except for his mini-altercation at the end with Jameer Nelson, and his defensive breakdown towards the end, Nate Robinson was very composed and showed very solid distribution and decision-making. He had 4 assists and only took 3 shots in 19 minutes...Humpty looked great in transition and in the passing lanes, but committed a number of bonehead fouls and took a jumper or two too many.

Yeah. It was a heartbreaking, disappointing game, but at least they stuck with it. It's really hard to expect much from a team that has only 2 or 3 guys that can hit an open jumper on the active roster. Either way, this was a big blow to the Knicks' playoff hopes, and save for a miraculous run against tough competition, this season looks to be winding down for the worn out Knicks. It'd be cool if this tumble suddenly kicked them into "nothing to lose" mode and they played with spoiler abandon in the upcoming games. I'll keep hoping. Thanks to everyone who commiserated with me on the game thread. The community we have here is what makes this site worthwhile for me. Keep it coming. Back tomorrow. Peace.

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Game Thread: Knicks vs. Magic- 3-26-07
By Seth
Posted on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 05:20:13 PM EST

Yo yo yo. The Knicks are back home tonight to take on the Orlando Magic. I'll be completely honest and tell you that I have no idea who's healthy or not these days. The ESPN preview says the Knicks have "no significant injuries". I guess when every single person on the team is injured, it makes each individual ailment seem insignificant? Either way, the usual three (Q, Lee, Jamal) are out, and both Eddy Curry and Steve Francis are suffering from sore backs or flu-like symptoms or sore flus or back-like symptoms or some shit like that. Basically, don't be surprised to see some bench guys out there, like the newly acquired Randolph Morris. Don't even be surprised if you see me check in and start manning the point guard. (I've got court vision, bitches!)

Basically, the Knicks are on my shit list for the time being. Even with the injuries, I don't think any of us have been too pleased with the effort and flow of this team. I'll watch the game, but I'm changing the channel as soon as shit starts to stink. I'm that disappointed with the Knicks. One good win, though, and I'm totally excited again. I'm that easy.

Anyway, this is a game thread, so post any comments about the game or any good movies that are on TV as the night goes on. I'll be back later with your recap. Go Knicks. Peace.

P.S. I just did a search for "magic". I've never seen that movie, I swear. I know nothing about the hijinks of two sorceress sisters trying to use their powers to find true love. Nothing at all.

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Know the Opponent: Orlando Magic
By Seth
Posted on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 01:11:27 AM EST

Meet the Magic!

#1 Trevor Ariza- Trevor wears his jersey extremely baggy to hide his 6 extra arms.

#30 Carlos Arroyo- The Magic brought Carlos in last year not for his point guard skills, but rather to play the part of Chino in their team production of "West Side Story".

#40 James Augustine- James enjoys playing cards on the plane with his new Magic teammates, but is disappointed that no one ever wants to play UNO with him.

#4 Tony Battie- If you pronounce Tony's last name "BAT-tie", he will come into your bedroom at night, wait until you're asleep, and then eat your face.

#10 Keith Bogans- After basketball, Keith plans to host his own series of Tae Bo videos.

#5 Travis Diener- Travis thinks that all the water-fetching and bag-carrying he's been doing for the veterans is just part of being a rookie but, in fact, he will be treated this way for the rest of his career.

#5 Keyon Dooling- Because of the repair costs that would ensue, Keyon has had to abandon his lifelong technique of burrowing under defenders.

#8 Pat Garrity- Pat lets Coach Brian Hill use his hair gel in exchange for playing time.

#33 Grant Hill- Contrary to his nice guy image, Grant is the leader of a notorious crime ring in the Orlando area. He also got Travis Diener addicted to meth.

#12 Dwight Howard- Dwight's sperm has a pH in the negative 20's. It can eat through a brick wall and is highly explosive.

#31 Darko Milicic- Before he hit a big growth spurt and discovered basketball, Darko was paving a career for himself as Serbia's finest horse thief.

#14 Jameer Nelson- Jameer sleeps with a well-worn red teddy bear that he calls Delonte.

#45 Bo Outlaw- Bo wears goggles at all times to prevent his piercing optic rays from harming teammates.

#7 J.J. Redick- The Magic coaching staff has had to remind J.J. several times not to pop the collar on his warmups.

#15 Hedo Turkoglu- Though it doesn't say so on his birth certificate, Hedo has been alive since the year 12 B.C.

Those are your Orlando Magic. Game thread coming tomorrow. Peace.

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Sunday Lookalikes- 3-25-07
By Seth
Posted on Sun Mar 25, 2007 at 12:46:31 PM EST

Randolph Morris vs. Frankenberry

By the way, if you guys ever have any ideas for Sunday Lookalikes, just email me at postingandtoasting@earthlink.net. I need ideas. Back later tonight or tomorrow with your Magic KTO.

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Saturday Proboscis Monkeys
By Seth
Posted on Sat Mar 24, 2007 at 11:40:46 AM EST

Here's what's floating around the internet today...

  • The Knicks got completely assaulted last night in Cleveland. I only watched parts, but Eddy Curry was the Knicks' only offense. There was no flow and no defensive effort. All the deep faults in the Dallas and Portland games carried through into this one. Or at least that's what I saw. If you watched the whole thing (you brave soul), leave a comment.

  • The proboscis monkeys at the Bronx Zoo were one of the pillars of my childhood. Those monkeys were hilarious. We should have a P&T wildlife safari someday.

  • The more interesting news (props to DoctorK16 for being the first guy here to catch it) was that the Knicks signed Kentucky center Randolph Morris to a 2-year, $1.6 million deal (reportedly)yesterday, only days after his team got bounced from the NCAA tournament. I'm not a big college ball guy, so I hadn't seen much of him, but other trusty Knick fans, like our boy SML and Father Knickerbocker are on board. Remember that Isiah has always had a keen eye for young talent, and that this is essentially an early draft pick. My only question is, if Morris cracks the rotation and immediately puts up hall of fame numbers like, say, 50 and 20 a game, does he get Rookie of the Year consideration? These are the things I think about.

  • I swung over to A Sea of Blue, SB Nation's Kentucky Wildcats site, and asked them if I should be excited about Randolph Morris. The general response was that we should be excited to have such a promising talent, but somewhat wary of his history of poor character. The good thing is that he's not as raw as he was a year ago, has a set of offensive moves, and has proven that he has the strength to dominate when he's motivated. Check out what the Kentucky guys said in the comments of this post.

  • The Big Lead of the Fanhouse gives us some of Morris's stats against elite competition from this NCAA season. Pretty impressive stuff.

  • The guys at Golden State of Mind hosted 350 of their fans at the Warriors game last night, and got treated to an exciting victory. Check back there later to see their recap of the happenings. Someday, my children, when Posting and Toasting has thousands of readers, we will march our troops into the Garden and fill the place with P&T magic. Someday.

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Knicks Acquire Randolph Morris
By DoctorK16
Posted on Fri Mar 23, 2007 at 07:24:59 PM EST

Note from Seth: DoctorK16 jumped on some breaking news, so I'm promoting his diary to the main page (didn't know I had that power, didja!?). Leave your thoughts in the comments. All comments on the Cleveland game go in the Game Thread below. As you were.

http://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/knicks/ny-spknix0324,0,1289176.story?coll=ny-sports-headlin es

This is a great move Isiah. I don't know how much contribution he'll be able to make this year, but his shot blocking and D will definately help us going forward. Hopefully this leads to Jerome James being bought out too.

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Game Thread: Knicks at Cavaliers- 3-23-07
By Seth
Posted on Fri Mar 23, 2007 at 03:56:32 PM EST

Yo, kids. The Knicks are in Cleveland tonight to take on the Cavaliers. Coming off that despicable loss to Portland, the Knicks better come out pissed. If they don't have any sense of urgency and vigor, then there's no hope for this team.

Last time the Knicks and Cavs met, Quentin Richardson was key in shutting down LeBron James. Tonight, Isiah will probably throw some Jared Jeffries, a touch of Balkman, and maybe a pinch of Stepon Marbury in LeBron's direction. Hopefully they'll have the same success at keeping him on the perimeter. This is a winnable game, but might be a blowout loss if the effort isn't there, like the last two games.

I'm gonna be out of the house tonight, so the game thread is all yours. Post any comments about the game, Cleveland, Cheerios, paper maiché, and hopscotch as the night goes on. Go Knicks. They owe us a win tonight. Peace.

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Know the Opponent: Cleveland Cavaliers
By Seth
Posted on Thu Mar 22, 2007 at 11:46:53 PM EST

Meet the Cavaliers!

#6 Shannon Brown- Shannon, like Kobe Bryant before him, is splitting time between basketball and an ongoing court case. Shannon's case, however, is over whether or not he can legally change his first initial to a dollar sign.

#1 Daniel Gibson- Daniel was sad that Cleveland drafted him. He was hoping to land in Miami or Orlando, or really any place where he could find seashells to add to his collection.

#90 Drew Gooden- If you look closely, the small patch of hair on the back of Drew's head is actually a vagina.

#32 Larry Hughes- Larry makes a point of keeping to a rigorous, slimming diet, but sometimes, when nobody's around, he sneaks in an extra celery stalk between meals. He then looks in the mirror and cries at what a fat slob he's become.

#11 Zydrunas Ilgauskas- Although he's a clumsy, injury-prone big man, Zydrunas can pick off an infant lynx with an M40 sniper rifle from 250 yards away.

#23 LeBron James- LeBron has embraced his role as a leader and mentor for the rookies, teaching Shannon Brown to catch a cookie off of his nose and training Daniel Gibson to "heel".

#19 Damon Jones- Damon is gradually building himself a global empire. Along with promoting sneakers in Asia, he has taken endorsements for facial cream in Denmark, mosquito repellent in Portugal, and instant grits in Bhutan.

#27 Dwayne Jones- Every game, Dwayne strives to count all of the floorboards on the Quicken Loans Arena court. He always loses count somewhere around halfcourt, though.

#24 Donyell Marshall- Donyell and Coach Mike Brown have a deal going this season. After any game that Donyell scores 10 or more points, Brown will feed him cupcake frosting with a spoon, just like mommy used to do.

#14 Ira Newble- Despite his deceiving name, Ira is not an elderly Jewish man.

#3 Sasha Pavlovic- Sasha is bald now, but he didn't get his head shaven. He was born with detachable hair, like a Lego man.

#31 Scot Pollard- After his on-camera blunder of encouraging kids to do drugs, Scot's upcoming commencement speeches for the Harvard and Yale classes of '07 were both cancelled.

#20 Eric Snow- While most players quench their thirst with Gatorade during timeouts, Eric enjoys a nice cup or two of maple syrup.

#17 Anderson Varejao- When Anderson came out of the womb, he already had a full head of long, curly hair. And a headband.

#4 David Wesley- When David gets sweaty, he just flaps his ears to cool off.

Those are your Cleveland Cavaliers. I'll be back tomorrow with your game thread. Peace.

Note: I'm not positive, but the Game Thread might be up unusually late tomorrow. I'll try my best to get it up. (That's what she said!)

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