This week consisted of a few nights off on Tuesday and Thursday after work.
On Monday, Wednesday and Friday I went to see the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
On Monday night, the 2010 Eastern Conference Champion Boston Celtics came back to play the Knicks. The last time they played here in December they wound up winning a thriller with Paul Pierce making the game winning shot with a fraction of a second remaining. To refresh your memory, Amar'e Stoudemire made a shot that would have won it for the Knicks but it came after the buzzer upon review as the referees looked at the replay.
This time the Celtics didn't show up for the first three and a half quarters but they woke up with 5:31 left in the game to eventually overtake the Knicks who collapsed mightily down the stretch after leading most of the game.
Paul Pierce scored 13 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter to once again help the Celtics beat the Knicks, 96-86.
It should be noted this was a very physical game throughout. There were many hard fouls by both teams.
Ray Allen took an elbow to his face and he wound up getting stitched up and he came back to finish the game.
On Wednesday night, the Orlando Magic made their first appearance at the Garden this season.
The Magic wound up pulling away from the Knicks in the fourth quarter to come away with a 111-99 victory.
They got 33 points from Superman aka Dwight Howard, their dominant center.
The most impressive part of his game on this night was his free throw shooting. He's notorious for being a lousy shooter from the charity stripe. He made 11 out of 13 free throws which totally shocked me. He made his last eight in a row too. He normally misses almost half of them.
Friday night the Milwaukee Bucks returned to the Garden. They were the opponent the night Melo played his first game in a Knick uniform back on February 23rd.
Before the game, I got to speak to Knicks radio announcer, Mike Crispino. He said and I quote "the Knicks can't beat anybody." His honesty was a breath of fresh air.
He was right as the Bucks returned the favor by beating the Knicks on their home court this time.
They were led by second year guard Brandon Jennings who ran circles around the Knicks with his amazing quickness as he scored a game high 27 points.
He made a number of big baskets late in the fourth quarter as the Knicks hung around but they couldn't close the deal.
The Bucks emerged victorious in this one, 102-96.
On Saturday night I went out to the Nassau Coliseum to see the Philadelphia Flyers play the Islanders.
With a near capacity crowd on hand, the Islanders fell to the Flyers, 4-1.
As for the crowd, there were many Flyer fans in attendance. They wound up going home very happy.
As for the game, it started with a fight just 2 seconds in. 19 seconds later, there was another fight. Order was restored for most of the game thereafter. With just under 8 minutes left in the contest, a third fight broke out.
In the second period, two goals were scored in span of 22 seconds.
In addition, James Van Riemsdyk of the Flyers scored his first career hat trick.
When he scored his third goal of the game, hats went flying onto the Coliseum ice by many of the Flyer fans who were there. They came prepared just in case.
Speaking of Philadelphia, the King and I and company went down there on Sunday to see a basketball/hockey doubleheader.
Stay tuned as I'll write a special post about our visit to the City of Brotherly Love.
Thank you for reading and following along.