The Knicks’ Jamal Crawford (above) is exasperating, frustrating, perplexing, and every now and then, a ridiculously exciting scorer. Wednesday night against his old team, Crawford was nothing if not transcedent, scoring 28 points (8 for 14 from the floor, a perfect 10 for 10 from the line) in New York’s 109-101 victory over the Bulls.
Playing for crucial stretches with Crawford, Stephon Marbury (18 points, 12 for 14 on free throws) and Nate Robinson (14 points, no turnovers) on the floor at once, this was by far the Knicks’ most impressive collective performance of the season, erasing a 10 point Chicago lead with a ferocious 4th quarter played with the sort of intensity you’d expect to see in June…from another team.
Though blasting Isiah Thomas has become something of a cottage industry around here, his drafting of Channing Frye is looking like his sharpest move as a New York exec. Admittedly, that’s faint praise, but Frye had another terrific night at both ends (21 points, 8 rebounds) and seems to possess the sort of skills that will make everyone forget Marcus Camby.
Or rather, forget that Marcus Camby was traded for Antonio McDyes (sorry, Isiah)