The fans at Madison Square Garden booed the New York Knicks so loudly at the end of yesterday’s game that you could barely hear the final buzzer sound. The Knicks had displayed their most woeful basketball yet this season, losing to the previously winless Miami Heat 75-72.
The majority of the boos were directed at Knicks guard Stephon Marbury, who looked more lost in the final minute than George W. Bush would in a college-level evolution class. (“Wait, Darwin isn’t the name of a region in the Sudan?”). With the Knicks leading 72-71 in the final minute, Marbury threw a bounce pass past Jamal Crawford and out of bounds. He then gave up the go-ahead bucket with 19.9 seconds remaining, and missed a wild 3-pointer in the waning seconds to seal New York’s fate. “I take the blame for this game,” he said after the loss.
The Knicks lost the final two games of their four-game homestand to drop below .500. They played without Zach Randolph, who was attending his grandmother’s funeral, but losing to Miami, which has played like a Division-II college team these first few weeks, is still embarrassing. At least the Knicks are used to the boos, though. It probably made them feel right at home. Oh wait, they were home.