I'm making a pact to not talk about Melo anymore...I've talked so much about Melo that I've come dangerously close to forgetting that the Knicks are also competing in the here and now, that this year isn't like D'Antoni's first two years where it was basically a throwaway season, we have a shot at a playoff berth and if we're lucky an appearance in the Conference Semis. I for one can't wait until the day that playoff basketball at the Garden is once again a reality.
That being said we can't get too worked up over this loss. We played against the team with the best record in the NBA on the road and played them close. Yes, this game highlighted some of our weaknesses (short rotation leading to exhaustion, rebounding, lack of presence in the paint which lets Tim Duncan of 2011 look like the Tim Duncan of 2005, etc.), but it also demonstrated that the Knicks won't go down without a fight.
I'm not happy about this loss either, but this loss in and of itself doesn't really sting that much. It just hurts in light of the fact that we've lost so many games recently to teams we should have beaten (Rockets, Kings, Suns) that it's tough to sit down after yet another loss and say "Well, those guys were just really good, so..."
But they were. And sometimes that's all you can do. The Spurs are a better team than we are. We lucked out being able to take one of two from them. Let's show OKC that our ownage of them a few weeks back wasn't a fluke, and let's shut the Wizards up and send them back to the lottery.