Saturday, March 22, 2008

"Nothing Is Really Real Unless It Happens On Television."-Daniel J. Boorstin

So, the Knicks did not lose to the Grizzlies last night, 106-120

As you can see from the picture. The Knicks game was not on television last night. There was hockey. And, hockey. On the MSG channels. And, the Nets were on YES. And none of the local stations were going to "join the game in progress" NCAA tournament style. Nope. They were going to go straight into their regular post-game coverage. So, according to a Pulitzer Prize-winning social historian like Daniel Bootrstin this game didn't "really" happen for those of us who weren't there.

What did really, really happen though for Knicks fans and viewers was the pseudo-real version of the game presented as Knicks in 60. This aired at 1:30 AM this morning. By the time that I was watching this version of the Knicks game I already knew the score. I had seen that the Knicks were down 19 at the half and that they had lost by 14. I knew that Randolph Morris had started and that Zach Randolph got a DNP for no particular reason. So, I thought I had a pretty good handle on the game. I thought it was another lackluster performance in which the team came out flat and then cruised to defeat from there. Done and done.

What I didn't know, though, was that the Knicks actually won 49 to 48. I had no idea that had happened until I saw it on television. Until I watched it on Knicks in 60. The game that I was shown saw the Knicks score 49 points while the Grizzlies only scored 48. The editors at Knicks in 60 broke the game down into many pieces. There were Knicks runs. There were Grizzlies runs. There were periods of even play. There were timeouts. And, there were plenty of clips of Mike Miller hitting three pointers. If every single one of these pieces were put together then you got a game with a final score of 120-106 in the favor of Memphis.

But, if you selected and televised only the segments featuring Knicks runs, timeouts (yeah, they showed at least two timeouts) and periods of even, back-and-forth action THEN you could end up with a game that the Knicks won 49-48. And, that game was what the apparatchiks at MSG chose to broadcast. They sliced and diced this game until it looks like the Knicks actually won.

I can't imagine that they didn't do this on purpose. I can't imagine that they put this Frankenstein broadcast together and it just so happened that the Knicks won by 1 point in their version.

For all the ineptitude of this organization they sure are good at being evil.

Four Other Things to Know

1. The most popular guy in the gym last night was Juan Carlos Navarro. He is a 27-year old rookie from Spain and his countrymen and countrywomen where out in force at the Garden last night, which was surprisingly sold-out. The young Spaniard got a great ovation when he came out at the end of the game and teammate Mike Miller even raised his hand up for a bit of a curtain call.

2. Zach Randolph was described by Mike Breen as "a healthy scratch" last night. He is also going to miss at least the next game too. The reason given is that his absence opens up some PT for Randolph Morris. Now, I'm not quite sure why the two of them can't be active on the same day, but whatever. The Knicks are clearly going hard after a top-draft pick as this move coincides with the trip to MSG by the Grizzlies and a trip to Minny. We want to be at our very worst when we play those two. This move also absolves Isiah of additional losses. If he makes it clear to even the most casual observer that he isn't trying to win then he can't be faulted when he loses. Still, the most interesting thing about Zach last night wasn't his spot on the bench. It was his watch. This thing looked heavier than Eddy Curry. It had enough diamonds on it to clean out your local Zales. I guess when you've got a watch like that already it doesn't much matter whether you get in the game or not.

3. David Lee is growing some sort of mustache and goatee combo that is pretty funny. It's worth keeping tabs on.

4. Mike Breen is not afraid of his bosses. He speaks the truth about this team even while sitting in the same seat that Marv Albert sat in until he was fired for speaking the truth about this team. It is good to hear.
"This is the Memphis Grizzlies team that's lost 18 in a row on the road, they're the worst road team in the league and they're embarrassing the Knicks. Whether or not you play your young players and giving them a chance this just shouldn't happen."-Mike Breen

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