Knicks 92, Cavaliers 82

When the Best Point Guard In The NBA hooks up with the Greatest Shooter On Earth, we’re in for a treat. Tuesday night, however, we had to settle for Stephon Marbury vs. Damon Jones.

Maybe, just maybe, it is time for me (and a few other persons with readerships that stretch past two dozen), to admit that Larry Brown might be on to something. That perhaps the public dressing downs of Marbury, Nate Robinson, Trevor Ariza, Jamal Crawford, Jerome James, Isiah Thomas, Steve Mills, Mark Jackson, Earl Monroe, Greg Butler and Fredric Weis have in fact, served as positive motivation. It’s hard to come to any other conclusion after watching the Knicks (Quentin Richardson in particular) contain LeBron James down the stretch and go on a 13-1 run to defeat Cleveland.

The Cavs’ TV duo of Scott Williams and Michael Reghi seemed rather insistent that had G Larry Hughes not been injured, Jamal Crawford (above, 21 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists) would’ve been stopped. With that in mind, perhaps Cleveland should petition to have all games postponed until Hughes has healed.

Michael Wilbon insisted on Monday’s “PTI” that these Knicks would make the playoffs. And while this was the funniest joke he’s told in the past 6 months, I do think New York has a legitimate shot at winning 30 games.