During last night's 27-point loss, it was the 27 minutes played by Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings that made the difference in the game. While he was on the court, he came out firing in the first quarter to help the Bucks jump to a commanding 35-18 lead (he made four in a row at one point), he broke down the Knicks' defense, creating wide-open shots for his teammates, and he was efficient (he had six assists and zero turnovers).
But after the game, the talk centered on an incident between Amare Stoudemire and Andrew Bogut.
Early in the third quarter, Stoudemire appeared to be struck in the face by Bogut, which set Stoudemire off and he consequently got called for a technical foul. According to the New York Daily News, "Stoudemire accused the Bucks center of intentionally striking him with his elbow and hinted that Milwaukee's game plan was to exact revenge for Stoudemire's role in the center suffering a season-ending injury last April."
Stoudemire said, "It got out of hand ... I think they might have amped [Bogut] up to play very physical out there. That might have been the way he reacted on the court."
When Bogut heard that, he said, "That's ridiculous. We're just trying to beat the New York Knicks. Scott Skiles would never say anything like that nor would anyone on the team."
One thing's been a pretty good determinant for the Knicks' success this season: When Toney Douglas is hot, the Knicks win. Besides the first game of the season, when Douglas scored 10 and the Knicks still won, his two highest point outputs this season, 30 and 19, led to Ws. Which is the main reason he tops NYMag.com's Knicks' power rankings for Week 3. No. 4 on their list is Landry Fields, who is also No. 4 in ESPN Insider's 2010-11 rookie rankings. The 39th overall pick is one of only four rookies from the 2010 draft class starting for their NBA teams. The others are the Wizards' John Wall, the Timberwolves' Wesley Johnson and the Clippers' Eric Bledsoe.
Former Knick David Lee says he will feel a little nervous when he returns to the Garden tonight, where he spent his first five seasons in the league (San Jose Mercury News). But he is excited about going there with a 5-2 record. "We're not 1-5 and struggling to get a win. It's good that we started out the season strong. It's good to be carrying that into the old place. I have a lot of pride going in there with this team." While Lee's scoring and shooting is down significantly from last season -- he's averaging 12.3 ppg on 42.5% shooting -- Warriors GM Larry Riley said his rebounding (11.4 rpg) has improved the team's defense. Last season, the Warriors ranked second worst in the league in allowing second-chance points (16 per game). This season, they are tied for 15th (13.3 ppg). Speaking of Lee, Donnie Walsh dreamed about playing him alongside Stoudemire, but he didn't have the salary cap to make it happen (New York Daily News). At the end of the day, he thought Stoudemire was worth a bigger contract and the Warriors showed Lee the money ($80 million).
LeBron James may have taken his basketball talents to South Beach, but he brought his marketability to New York. For the first time since 2001, the Knicks have a waiting list for season tickets, mainly because in the days leading up to "The Decision," the Knicks sold 4,000 new season ticket subscriptions (Business Insider). That waiting list will even grow deeper if a certain native New Yorker returns. "It feels good to know that a city like that wants me," Carmelo Anthony told the New York Daily News. "They know my background. They know I was born there. The fact that it was home for me, a lot of people take that into account when they talk about my future."
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