According to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary there are more than ten definitions for the word "great." I'm assuming that this is one of them.
Nate the Great exploded for 20 points in the fourth quarter tonight against the Hawks and led the Knicks to their fifth home win on the bounce. This ally-oop began a one-man 7-0 run about midway through the fourth that penciled the game into the win column for the Knickerbockers.
He was a revelation. He's so small but so quick and so strong that his diminutive stature becomes more of an asset than a liability. In this regard, he is unlike any of the super-small players that came before him. He has far more in common with Allen Iverson than with Spud Webb.
Notes, Observations and Things Better Left Unsaid:
-With the win last night, the Knicks moved into a virtual tie for the 8th spot in the East. If the season ended right now, however, the Knicks would be out in the cold because the would lose the tiebreaker to Milwaukee, who has inexplicably owned us this season. With Michael Redd recently rendered ligamentless, though, the Knicks are in prime position to pass them and challenge for the postseason throughout the second half.
-Right now, starting Al Harrington and bringing Will Chandler off the bench seems like the way to go moving forward.