And don’t let petty nonsense get in the way.
Add that to the lesson plan awaiting the Knicks tonight.
“There’s big-time urgency on our part,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said yesterday after running the Knicks through what he hopes will be the final practice session of the first round. “We played the whole season for this, to be able to close a series out in front of our fans. I’m expecting our guys to step up and play.”
For Woodson, though, there is still an element of the unknown at play here. There are pieces of the Knicks’ puzzle who act like they’ve been there before because they have actually been there before. Jason Kidd and Tyson Chandler won a championship two years ago in Dallas. Kidd and Kenyon Martin went to back-to-back Finals with the Jersey Nets a decade ago.
Tommy DeeThis is where Woodson has to lead and where Melo has to carry the torch. Pace yourself coming out and don’t get caught up in the moment. This is part of the process and another step in the road. The Knicks to a man, not just JR, have to be professional and focused. They know if they played the Celtics for 60 NBA minutes they would win 100% of the time. They need to exert the same patience in the second half of games that they displayed in the first 3 games.
If they do that to a man they will win, the fans can celebrate and they can mark off another goal on the check list.
Most importantly they can get valued rest.