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D. Knickols and G. McNama6er

Posted by Josh on July 9, 2007

OK, so only one of those actually works, and is stupid enough that it might end up across the back page of the Daily News if Demetris wins a game for them someday.

Gerry and Demetris both saw their first action in the summer league Monday. Gerry, playing on two sore ankles, did not do much. He played nearly 9 minutes, scoring 3 points on 1-3 fg and 1-1 ft. His two misses were three-point attempts. He did not record an assist, but had three fouls and three turnovers.

Demetris had a bit better time against Kevin Durant and the Sonics. He scored 13 points on 6-12 shooting; interestingly, only 1-5 from long range but 5-7 from closer in. In fact, his first basket was a driving layup on which he drew a foul (missing the free throw, though, surprisingly). He grabbed two rebounds and had three assists against only one turnover. But my favorite stat is that he blocked two shots. One of the blocks was of a shot by Durant, and the other… also was Durant. In fact, here’s a snippet of the play-by-play from the 2nd quarter:

  • 5:20 — Durant Layup Shot: Missed
    Block: Nichols (1 BLK)
  • 5:18 — Robinson Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)
  • 5:16 — Nichols Dunk Shot: Made (7 PTS)
    Assist: Robinson (3 AST)
  • 4:56 — Durant Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed
    Block: Nichols (2 BLK)
  • 4:52 — Balkman Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)
  • 4:50 — Nichols Reverse Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS)
    Assist: Balkman (1 AST)

So he blocked a Durant layup, ran the floor and threw down a fast break dunk off a feed from Nate Robinson. (I wonder if it will make the highlights?) Then next time down the floor, Durant tried to shoot over him and he blocked that too, and ran down to get a fast break layup. This from a guy who they said needed to improve his defense to get regular PT in the Association. Durant finished the game shooting 4-19 from the floor. I’m sure Nichols wasn’t the only one guarding him, but clearly Demetris had something to do with it. At least for this 30-second span, he made Kevin Durant his bitch. How many people can make that claim?

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2 Responses to “D. Knickols and G. McNama6er”

  1. bobbyk said

    I watched this game. Interestingly, Demetris and Jeff Green BOTH looked better than Durant. Durant clearly has strength issues he’s going to have to contend with over the next few years.

  2. syracusan said

    This is hot. Also because, believe it or not, I didn’t know Nichols was on the Knicks until I read this. What, have I been out of the country for 3 weeks or something? Oh yeah, I have. I was smart enough to check the draft results, but I thought he was on Portland because the ESPN draft list merely showed what happened on draft day. I never followed up. This is sweet news. If he catches on and contributes, I may be able to once again acknowledge to the world that I’m a Knicks fan.

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