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A Birthday W: C’s 104, Knicks 101

A few quick notes on the victory before we dig further into this one today, since it actually felt like a regular season contest more than a preseason game throughout it.

* Paul Pierce with a patented game winning stepback to make sure he was on time for his birthday? I love it. The minutes for him, Rondo and Ray Allen in a preseason game? 37+ for everyone. That’s pushing it Doc, but hey they wanted the W so you can’t blame him.

* Luke Harangody with a stellar 16-12 in the absence of an ejected Kevin Garnett. We’ll talk more about him later today, but Gody was a bit of a revelation in a small lineup, as a vaccum on the glass. He also may have the quickest and most awkward shot release in the game.

* Big Baby and Shaq both sat to rest nagging injuries. Nothing to be concerned about there, just an excuse to get the other big guys minutes.

* All you need to know about the bubble watch: Stephane Lasme played major minutes, Von Wafer….just two.

That’s all for now, an in-depth recap to come later today.

  • SteveB

    Dear Mr. Stern,
    If I pay good money to watch your product in person or from the comfort of my home I do not expect my favorite players to be arbitrarily ejected from the ball game. Please learn a lesson from the other sports, we do not pay to watch the referees. If this continues during the regular season with marquee players being tossed early in games you will lose in ticket sales, especially if the refs actually toss out a home town player like Kobe or Lebron.
    Thank you
    Watching KG get tossed last night after the unwarranted T on Jermaine was very disappointing. There seemed to be a big discrepancy in the way the fouls and technicals were called. I watched Amare complain very demonstratively on several occasions but nothing close to a T.

    • MoBetterGreen

      That's what i was saying in another post but some people tend to disagree.Whatever whatever,y'all will see,this is the beginning of the end.

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  • Mang

    These new rules means NBA teams are generally going to get more Ts, at least in the short term (I might be wrong in assuming this so correct me if I'm wrong). When an opposing team is hit with a technical foul, it is quite a significant advantage for the Cs (and obviously vice versa). The sooner the Cs embrace the new rules (however long they last) the more of an advantage the Cs will get. If the Cs try actively to eliminate technical fouls from their game, while other teams still struggle with the new rules, they will have a comparative advantage. The extent to which you attempt to eliminate techs however must have minimal impact on your actual playing of the game. On a purely win-based approach, adopting the new technical foul rules as soon as possible, to me, makes sense. Whether the new rules are actually good for the game or the NBA is another question.

    Just for the record, I think it sucks balls.

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