Craziness at the Garden; Blake Griffin’s official NBA baptism

By 10.19.09
Nate Robinson

Nate Robinson

You know the only way a preseason game between the Knicks and a team that isn’t even in the NBA would crack the sports highlights shows on an NFL and baseball playoffs Sunday is if something crazy happened. And in the third quarter of New York’s game against Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel), things got appropriately insane. After Maccabi head coach Pini Gershon got himself ejected thanks to a couple of techs, he refused to leave the court — if you saw the Season 2 premier of “Tool Academy,” he pretty much acted like the dude who got kicked off that first week. The refs wouldn’t re-start the game until Gershon left, so it turned into a standoff. At one point, a rabbi came down to the court to argue in the coach’s favor. Eventually Gershon left after about 10 minutes and the game resumed. So is the coach going to get fined by the NBA, or FIBA, or what’s the deal with that? … The Knicks got the win, by the way, getting 19 points from Nate Robinson, and 14 and 12 boards from David Lee. Maccabi was led by Alan Anderson‘s (Michigan State) 20 points and D’or Fischer‘s (West Virginia) 19 points, 16 boards and four blocks. If that’s what a D-League caliber big man can do against NY’s front line, things could get ugly this season … Dime reader Josh Tha Roc put it best about the standout play from last night’s Clippers/Lakers game: “DJ Mbenga welcomes Blake Griffin to the league…by letting Blake cram on his head. Highlights: DJ’s ‘I cant believe it happened again’ look afterwards. And Ron Artest covering his face with his towel holding in his laughter.” … Blake finished with 13 points, 12 boards and four steals, and Craig Smith (first time we’ve heard his name since the Q-Rich trade) put up 26 points, but the Clippers lost. Andrew Bynum led the Lake Show with 20 points and 13 boards, and Shannon Brown scored 20. Kobe had 10 points on 3-of-11 shooting, including one hard to describe circus shot where he stumbled just as he was about to jump into Chris Kaman and flipped a right-handed shot over his shoulder that had no business going in … On Saturday, the Lakers played the Bobcats and the Clippers played the Jazz in a Staples Center doubleheader. Last night, before the Clips/Lakers game, the Jazz and Bobcats played each other at Staples. It was like one of those early-season college tournaments where one school is the host and they invite some patsies and maybe one decent squad to show off in front of the home crowd. (In this case the Lakers would be the host, since even when the Clippers were the “home” team the other night, there was a Lakers logo at midcourt.) Carlos Boozer scored 22 to lead the Jazz in a win, while Deron Williams had 17 and eight dimes. D.J. Augustin led Charlotte with 29 points (5-9 3PA) … Andre Miller didn’t get the start, but he won the latest round of his PG battle with Steve Blake. Miller put up 18 points (5-18 FG), five boards, four assists and zero turnovers in last night’s win over the Nuggets, while starter Blake had eight points (3-12 FG), one dime and three turnovers. Carmelo led Denver in the loss with 21 points … One time Blake got picked by Ty Lawson in traffic, and Lawson flew down the court for what looked like a breakaway layup. (The rookie is crazy fast with the ball.) That was until Nic Batum came flying out of nowhere to pin Ty’s shot on the glass. Some people are gonna call it a “LeBron block,” but we’ll still give Tayshaun Prince credit for that one. And somewhere, Ron Mercer is just thankful his name is no longer attached to that move … KG scored 21 and Ray Allen dropped 20 points to lead the Celtics past the Raptors. Chris Bosh had 15 points and eight boards, while Hedo Turkoglu scored 16 in the loss … When the Suns and Sixers played a couple nights ago, Phoenix’s backups gave up 41 points in the fourth quarter but managed to escape with a win. In the rematch last night, played in Mexico, the Suns’ starters gave up 39 in the first quarter on their way to a blowout loss. Andre Iguodala led Philly with 23 points, six boards, seven dimes and three steals, and Marreese Speights posted 14 points and 10 rebounds. Jason Richardson scored 17 for Phoenix, and Amar’e added 15 and eight boards … Iguodala had a play where he went coast to coast, weaving through the Suns “defense” and finishing with a one-hand cuff dunk while Amar’e politely got out of the way. Iguodala tried to hold the mean-mug, but couldn’t help but smile for a second. BTW, Philly looks 100x better wearing the old-school unis this year … We’re out like Mercer …


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