Sunday, January 22, 2017: The New York Knickerbockers are a few short hours removed from a Carmelo Anthony three-point attempt rimming out to seal a 107-105 defeat at the hands of the lowly Phoenix Suns, their thirteenth loss in sixteen games.
Monday, January 23, 2017: Frank and the boys launch The Daily Dart just a few hours before the Knicks uncharacteristically pull out a tight victory against the Indiana Pacers.
Coincidence? Absolutely not, and frankly I’m a little offended that you would even bring that up in front of me. In fact, I think it’s pretty safe to say at this point that The Daily Dart saved the Knicks 2016-2017 season. What? Is one win not enough for you? Ok then, keep an eye on the standings these coming weeks as the Knicks skyrocket up the Eastern Conference standings. Don’t believe me? Let’s break it down.
1/25 – @Mavericks: Between the election results, Dirk Nowitzki contract’s, and his team’s record this year, Mark Cuban has been taking L’s left and right. I feel confident chalking up another one here.
1/27 – Hornets: With Cody Zeller, Frank Kaminsky, and Jeremy Lamb all banged up at the moment, Melo and D-Rose outgun Kemba and the Knicks win a close one in front of a sold out, if not somewhat indifferent, Madison Square Garden crowd.
1/29 – @Hawks: last time these two teams met the game ended as the Knicks missed three straight opportunities for a game winner. The first of which was a clearly a foul committed by Paul Milsap as Derrick Rose drove to the basket. Adam Silver owes us this one, and I’ll work under the assumption that he pays his debts.
1/31 – @Wizards: Same story, an uncalled John Wall double dribble, a Wizards assistant stepping on the court to defend Courtney Lee on the game’s final play, the Knicks lose by three. It’s in your merciful hands Basketball God(s).
2/1 – @Nets: The Nets were fated to be the 2016-2017 worst team in the league all the way back on July 12, 2013 when they sent this year’s first round pick (and much more) to Boston in order to build a super team of Deron Williams, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce (five years past each of their primes). The Knicks can, and will, help the Celtics with a win in the house that Jay-Z built.
This will put the Knicks just a game below .500, and likely in a playoff spot, as they embark on a seven-game stretch which includes the Clippers, the Spurs, the Thunder, and the Cavaliers twice. I won’t go in depth, but I’d like to believe they grab at least six of these. Normally I’m a pessimist, but there’s an indisputable link between the creation of The Daily Dart and the Knicks ability to will themselves to victory. In short, you’re all welcome.
Author’s Note: I reserve the right to delete this entry, this blog, and myself when Seth Curry bangs home a game-winner over Derrick Rose later this evening.