“I’ve been in the D-League the whole year and been waiting for the opportunity. And opportunity doesn’t knock many times, so I’m just trying to take advantage of it while I can.” — Earl Barron
“I said on the bench that he plays like Antonio McDyess, a very, very good 15-foot jump shooter,. He’s a solid post player. Defensively he’s strong and has a good basketball IQ.”– David Lee on Earl Barron
“I didn’t expect anything at all. Two games in a row, he’s played real well, real smart, good shape. A lot of good things. The biggest thing he gives us [is] the athleticism inside that David doesn’t have to be the lone shot-blocker. He can’t be. We have someone alongside of him that could help him out.” — Mike D’Antoni
Great Game. The Knicks looked fabulous with Earl Barron in the middle. Gallo was superb on the offensive end once Garnett got his attention with some effort at physical intimidation. However, the Celtics looked very unprepared to contend for the championship. They were defensively out of sync the entire game as the players seemed to be confused about their assignments. Wallace’s three point shooting si still abysmal and Rondo looks like he is playing by himself and with himself sometimes on the court. The lack of effort was apparent. Not surprisingly, this is how good the Knicks can look when their is some size in the rotation to help Lee defensively.
Besides Gallo waking up, the most curious move was made by D’Antoni when he decided to start Duhon over Toney Douglas. It is possible that a number of things could be happening here: maybe D’Antoni will do whatever he can to make sure there are no more losses on his record or perhaps he is respectfully allowing Duhon to showcase himself for other jobs this summer since it is pretty obvious that Duhon will not be a Knick next season. Otherwise sitting Douglas when he could be gaining some valuable experience for leading the team next year suggests that D’Antoni is not sold on Douglas as his starting point guard. Perhaps Douglas is just not that guard who D’Antoni feels can set up his teammates the way Steve Nash can. The fasct that the offense is running through David Lee at the top of the key is also very telling. The win was great fun, but this move is a bad sign. Stay tuned.
Check out these links:
New York Times: Robinson Still Trying to Settle in With Celtics
New York Post:Newcomer Barron leads Knicks past Celtics
Daily News: Donnie Walsh says New York Knicks in ‘better position
Posting and Toasting:Knicks 104, Celtics 101: “Earl Barron is giving me a boner.”Red’s Army:The Celtics couldn’t care less
Celtics Blog: Flawed Execution Doomed the Celtics Last Night