Courtside seats (well, ok, 8th row) to Texas’ massacre of Tulane this evening prevented your editor from watching the live feed of the Celtics’ 110-101 defeat of New York. As such, not only will I have to watch “Knicks At 60” to see Brian Scalabrine provide the unlikely heroics, but depending on who worked the mike for MSG, I might miss out on Bob Raissman’s next opportunity to jump down Kelly Tripucka’s throat. The New York Daily News’ resident Gallagher lookalike critiques Tripucka’s performance from Sunday’s OT loss to Dallas in tomorrow’s paper, ending with the kiss-off, “at least when Clyde (Frazier) flip-flops, he rhymes.”
After Nate (The Toy) Robinson fouled Mavericks guard Jose Barea late in the third quarter on Sunday. Robinson (surprise, surprise) did not like the call. He shot a few glances and flapped his yap in the direction of ref Leon Wood. Wood glared back at him. This was The Toy’s second whine job of the evening.
Mike Breen went into his usual Nate-has-to-control-his-emotions rap. Naturally, in a predictable display of Garden politricks, Breen also, once again, kept MSG marketing hype alive in pushing the all-too familiar line about “emotion” being such a “big part” of Robinson’s game. “It’s who he is,” Breen said.
Tripucka agreed with his play-by-play partner. He also took Robinson to task. Tripucka indicated The Toy still has some growing up to do. “(Robinson) has got to channel (emotion) in the right direction and not hurt your team,” Tripuka said.
Can’t argue with that. Unfortunately, it was impossible to believe Tripucka meant what he said. His Sunday take on Robinson totally contradicted the one he delivered on MSG during the fourth quarter of the Knicks’ Nov. 9 matchup with Utah.
It was only the sixth game of the season, but Tripucka, sounding like some sort of psychologist, proclaimed Robinson a changed man. “The biggest difference in Nate Robinson’s game is that he now can control his emotions,” Tripucka said.
Considering Tripucka’s brief tenure as a Knicks analyst, it was hard determining how he arrived at this bold conclusion. What evidence did he have? Sunday, Tripucka proved he had none. In one week he had Robinson going from a man in control to a guy in need of emotional rescue.