If you’re anything like me, you probably tuned into the game yesterday afternoon and saw the alternate uniforms the teams were wearing. You were probably thinking to yourself, “This is a first for me.” They reminded me of soccer-style jerseys to be honest. And after seeing them, I will be looking to procure one for myself. So if any readers here find out where to buy them before I do, feel free to give me a heads up on where you found them and how much the sellers are charging.
Apparently, wearing alternate uniforms really seems to jinx the Knicks. They’re now 0-1 in their alternate sleeved orange shirts, after going 0-6 in their alternate orange jerseys. Although I seriously doubt their choice of attire would have affected the outcome in any positive way for the Knicks.
Carmelo Anthony was out with a sprained left ankle, Ray Felton was nursing a groin injury, Pablo Prigioini missed the game due to a toe injury, and Metta World Peace sat out with a sore left knee. The Knicks were severely short-handed, and knew they were in for a world of hurt due to the fact that the team coming into Madison Square Garden had rattled off 17 wins in their last 19 games.
The Knicks tried to keep it close early, as they were only down 6 (35-29) going into the second. Although an 11-0 Thunder run started at the end of the first quarter went into the second, and once the Thunder went ahead by 11 (44-33), the bottom fell out completely for the Knicks. By game’s end, the Thunder gave the Knicks a 123-94 beating. I’m sure the Knicks were hoping for a better gift.
Russell Westbrook joined some pretty elite company yesterday by becoming only the 5th player in NBA history to record a Christmas Day triple-double. He finished with 14 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists. This now allows him to be mentioned in the same breath as Billy Cunningham, John Havlicek, LeBron James, and Oscar Robinson (who actually managed the feat on four separate Christmas Day occasions). Kevin Durant chipped in 29 points, while Serge Ibaka dropped 24. Reggie Jackson was good for 18 off of the Thunder bench, while Jeremy Lamb contributed 13.
While this was the worst Christmas Day loss the Knicks have been forced to endure, some players took advantage of the absences. J.R. Smith was the only starter to manage a double, with his 20 points. However, bench players Amar’e Stoudemire and Tim Hardaway Jr. knocked down a combined 43 (Stoudemire: 22 points, Hardaway Jr.: 21 points).
It’s back on the road again for the Thunder, as Friday they will take the court at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC to face the Bobcats. Tip-off is scheduled for 6pm CST, and will be broadcast via Fox Sports Oklahoma, WWLS The Sports Animal, and NBA League Pass.