Honestly, I love this look: James, Curry, Q-Rich, Crawford, and Marbury. James is a better defender than Curry, and helps out on Rebounding/Blocking shots. First off the bench was Lee, then Frye. Great rotation.
The game got very physical. I saw Curry nail Turkolglu with an elbow and nothing was called. I also saw Marbury elbow Arroyo and nothing called. David Lee got belted a couple of times by Darko and Tony Battie. Let's see if they play this well against the Clippers on Tuesday.
I've never really minded Jerome James, except for the fact that Isiah signed him only to fill up cap space, but starting him at Center today was an inspired move that I hope Isiah sticks with for the rest of the season. James is by no means a guy you want going 30-35 minutes a night, but starting him gives you a solid player who can play with opposing 4s and 5s on both ends until they both tire and/or foul out. Then you hit them with Frye/Lee off the bench, while continuing to pound them inside with Curry, who now doesn't have to guard the other team's best big man. James, Curry, Q-Rich, Crawford, and Marbury with Frye, Lee, Nate, and Balkman off the bench makes for a pretty versatile and dangerous rotation.
I like Jerome James. I like his inside defensive presense. But he does play like a dinosaur.
Did you see the play yesterday where he was holding the ball and a guard came up from behind and just took it away from him?
Dinosaur's actually had pretty good lateral eyesight.
Knicks need to win 5 games in a row at some point in the next 20 games. And play 500 ball in the other 15 games -- go say, 8-7 in the other 15 games. Then they'd be two under 500 and in playoff position.