Monthly Archives: May 2015

Bring Me A Frozen Envelope!

It’s somewhat eerie, but the Knicks are back where they were in the spring of 1985. The 1984-85 Knicks had a dynamic scorer who went down to surgery in season and not much else to root for. Those Knicks had a bunch of role players forced into starting roles. But two things are different.

1- The 84-85 Knicks won 24 games, seven more than these Knicks did.

2- The 1985 NBA Draft had one big prize and a big drop off. This draft has at least two prizes and maybe three.

And that’s the key thing for the Knicks and their fans to remember tonight. The Knicks want to win the lottery obviously, but they will be absolutely fine picking second. Personally, I would rather have Towns than Okafor, but Okafor would be a heck of a consolation prize. Even if they picked third, Russell looks like he will be a very, very good NBA guard. The Knicks could live with him.

The problem is, the Knicks have about a 55% chance of picking in the top-3 and that means they have a 45% chance of picking 4th or 5th. (They can’t pick lower than 5th) That’s where what looks like a sure-thing pick turns into more of a guess. That’s where fans will be right to worry about who they pick.

So let’s hope the fix is on tonight like it obviously was thirty years ago.

Wow

A 4-1 lead with under 15 in the third period turned into an absolute nail-biter. I’m still not sure how the Rangers pulled that off, but they did and now they have reached Game 7, which is in their home building. Momentum should be on their side, but considering how thoroughly dominated they were in the final 12 minutes of tonight’s game, I would argue it isn’t.

Game 7’s are incredible, but after 13-straight (13-STRAIGHT) Rangers playoff games decided by one goal, my nerves may not be up to it. Luckily, I have until Wednesday to get my heart rate down again.

We’ve Been Here Before

I take a bit of solace in the fact that the Rangers appeared dead after going down 3-1 against Pittsburgh last year. They overcame that deficit with only one home game. They certainly appear dead again, but this time they have two home games to get to the next round. That should be an advantage.

But, they are simply not playing well. Rick Nash has disappeared, though to be fair most of his teammates have as well. The defense is making too many dumb plays and the offense isn’t doing enough to overcome them.

Yet tonight is Game 5 and I still like their chances. I think they come out and take control of the game. They probably have to hold on tightly in the later stages, but I think they get back to Washington.

That’s when the real challenge will happen.