Finally, the Knicks catch a break. Amar'e reportedly punches a fire extinguisher after the 104-94 loss to the Heat and slices his hand open. He couldn't play with back spasms, no way he's gonna play with a gash on his hand, right? I've said it plenty of times, if you just started watching basketball this season you'd wonder why Amar'e gets so much media attention and playing time. He's just not good this year. He always had extremely problematic defensive deficiencies, but now his offense has gone down the tubes as well. Similar to last game, he was out-rebounded by Haslem despite playing 20 more minutes. Amar'e on the bench can give Carmelo more room to operate offensively and it takes a defensive liability off the court. I honestly think we might be better off without him. What a waste of $100 million...
Is he serious with that punch though? Does this team need any more negative energy flowing through that locker room? I guess I'm the last person who should be talking, as I've broken knuckles over dropped passes in Madden, but no one invested one hundred million dollars in my ability to play video games. The Heat are probably sitting back laughing over how frustrated and out of control their unworthy adversaries are, and I'm sure they're looking forward to shutting up the Garden crowd on Thursday night.
On another note, the Knicks didn't let LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, who combined for 44 points on 19 of 36 shooting, completely embarrass them. I was sweating thinking about what those two might do without Shumpert on the floor for the Knicks. Of course the rotations were horrendous for most of the game, and Shumpert wouldn't have solved that problem. I sincerely believe that Tyson Chandler's illness is extremely contagious - figuratively. He's the energizer of this team, and when he's playing sick, everyone plays like they're sick. Hopefully he can be healthy by Thursday, but I'm not sure it will matter - the Knicks have apparently already lost their cool.
Obviously I'm still optimistic. Who would I be if I couldn't trust my team? But my optimism is deteriorating at an exponential rate. I still despise LeBron, so even winning one game will make me feel better. Coach Woodson needs to inform these guys that only one of them has the flu, and everyone else still has the ability to hustle out there. They only lost by 10 in quite the lethargic performance, so it's reasonable to believe they could win Thursday night with some good energy on the court. We'll see.