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New York Knicks’ J.R. Smith Honors Victor Cruz After Game-Winning Shot Wednesday Night

December 7th, 2012 at 6:30 AM
By Dan Benton

When New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith nailed a game-winning shot at the buzzer on Wednesday night against the Charlotte Bobcats, close friend and New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz nearly leapt from his couch in celebration. And knowing that his buddy was watching, Smith decided to pay homage to said friendship by breaking out a little salsa dance.

“It was a complete surprise,” Cruz said. “Funny thing was, I was actually watching the game and then when he hit it, I almost jumped off the couch. And then when he was coming off the court and I saw him do the salsa, I was like, ‘Oh man.’ ”

The New Jersey natives have known each other since they were kids and have a long-standing friendship, but that certainly didn't stop Cruz from being slightly critical of Smith's mediocre salsa dance.

“We’ve got to go to the drawing board a little bit,” Cruz added. “It was a little stiff at the end, but we’ll get that squared away.”

Smith went back out on Thursday night and scored 13 points in a shocking 112-92 victory over the Miami Heat. The victory brought the Knicks' season record to an Eastern Conference best 14-4.

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28 Responses to “New York Knicks’ J.R. Smith Honors Victor Cruz After Game-Winning Shot Wednesday Night”

  1.  fanfor55years says:

    The great thing about New York sports is that even as the Jets are sinking into ignominy and the Giants are putting their fans through the wringer, even as the Yankees are stunning their fan base by making it clear they’re serious about getting their payroll under $184MM by 2014 and the Mets ownership doesn’t change, even as the Rangers’ season looks to be in jeopardy, along come the Knicks looking like a legitimate championship threat if they can hold their bodies together (with the Nets looking like a serious team too if Brook Lopez can get and stay healthy).

    All of us who are obsessing about the health of the Giants and fearing what that could do to their season (after all, aren’t we entitled to win 50% of the championships over a six-year span?) ought to think how we’d feel if we lived in Jacksonville. Now THOSE folks have a really legitimate reason to cry in their beers.

    And speaking of the Knicks, how huge a difference would it make if the Giants had a leader like JKidd? Sure thing Hall of Famer, veteran with a ring, calming presence who can make things happen on both ends of the floor, a guy who has been through the process and can act as a coach on the floor. The closest thing we have is Eli, but he doesn’t influence the defense that much. If we still had Stray on that side of the ball would we really be making so many mental mistakes and sending out bad signals with our body language? Manning and Strahan would be a great partnership. Rolle is trying, but he has to deal with some knuckleheads and a captain who seems more like Hamlet than like Reggie White.

    •  demo3356 says:

      Couldnt agree more.. As a life long Met, Knick and Islander fan, I have had a miserable 10 years outside of our beloved Giants. I cant tell you how happy I am about the Knicks being in the mix again. I was kind of **** hum about the Kidd signing at the time, but now see at as probably the best thing they did outside of bringing Felton back

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I have long thought that at heart NYC is really a basketball city. When the Knicks are doing well there is just a different energy than even the Giants, Jets, Yankees or Mets. If the Knicks play big time playoff basketball this year the city will be as electric as it’s been in years.

      I think Felton is also extremely important. He’s just been a different player in a Knicks uniform. No one has even mentioned Lin which says something about the Felton/Kidd combo. And JR Smith is John Starks. Chandler is like a Canty, an underrated cog in the middle that does all the dirty work that doesn’t show up in the box score.

  2.  demo3356 says:

    Sunday could be the day we really get the running game going again. The few Saints games i have watched, they have looked TERRIBLE vs the run. Really hoping to see Wilson get a couple of full series instead of snaps. It is time to fully unleash him now that it is clear we wont have a fully healthy Hakeem Nicks until 2013. His speed and elusiveness can off set some of the big play potential we have lost without a healthy Nicks

    •  JimStoll says:

      it would be great if wilson could get some touches and do something with them
      he had that electric run against Carolina late, and he’s had 4 or 5 kick returns (some of which have counted) that have nearly broken
      but he’s had very few opportunities and when he’s had them he’s had no room to get going
      hard to tell whether it’s on him or the line because Andre Brown did a lot with that same line
      at any rate, I hope the giants can take advantage of the supposedly awful saints defense
      the skeptic in me recalls the same discussion last week about the 32nd ranked skins defense that only ended up holding our vaunted offense to 16 points

    •  Dirt says:

      At the very least they should start using play action with Wilson, having announced he’s only running (for now)

  3.  JimStoll says:

    not that its the end-all or be-all of stats, but the Giants have been held to 20 or less points 5 times this year — all Losses

    •  Dirt says:

      I’ve been saying all year the team struggles are more a result of the offense, not the defense, even if the defense isn’t playing lights out.

      They’ve lost games in which they held opponents to 19 and 17. You can’t lose those games in 2012 with an elite QB against not-great defenses.

  4.  demo3356 says:

    The problem so far has been that most of Wilson’s touches have come late in games when we are obviously running out the clock. Teams know what is coming and he has nowhere to go. I think its time to build him into the gameplan and give him 10+ carries, not spread out one here and one there, but he should be in for entire series, maybe every 3rd series to give Braddie a good blow and keep him fresh

    •  rlhjr says:

      Agree 100 percent.

      I think Wilson could break out Sunday given the right number of carries/touches.

      If Eli could get him the ball in space, I think he would show what he already shows on KO returns. I really don’t think many of us realize just how explosively fast this kid really is.

      As for running, all he needs is a clean seam past the line of scrimmage, and then look the hell out……vapor trail. If the Giant O-line can get a hat on a hat and just create a crack Wilson will go.

      •  demo3356 says:

        yep… Give him ten+ touches and he WILL make an impact.. Too talented not to

        •  Levito says:

          He definitely needs more touches, but he also needs better opportunities. He needs to be in on passing plays. Every team knows now that he’s only in on running plays, the team pretty much announced that they didn’t trust him to pass block. So how about his first snap in the game is play-action? Another passing play where he just chips off a DE and slips into the flat. Maybe a middle screen. Something to change things up a bit and give this kid more chances in open space. He’s never going to break one if there’s 7 in the box every time he’s on the field and all of his runs are wide.

          •  demo3356 says:

            Yeah thats what I’m talking about. Bring him out for entire drives not just a play here or play there. Let him get in a Rhythm. They usually give starter first two series then bring in backup for 3rd series. Thats what they did with BJ and AB and what they did a lot with Ward and BJ.

  5.  JimStoll says:

    as bad as the loss to the skins was on Monday, this weekend is setting up to be a complete erasure of that awful feeling
    giants get a W over the saints
    Washington suffers an L to the Ravens
    and Dallas gets an L as well from the Bengals

    all of that is possible and if it comes to pass, we are back in the catbird seat

    (there likely won’t be much help in the other WC games other than Minnie — Chi. v. Minnesota; Tampa v. Philly; Seattle v. Arizona)

    •  demo3356 says:

      Se I dont think the loss to the Skins was a “Bad Loss”.. Road Game vs a Red hot divisional opponent, playing their biggest game in about ten years.. Those are usually losses unless you play a near perfect game. If you go in there and have 8-9 penalties and constantly give up the edge or lose contain you lose every time. Dont get me wrong, I’m beyond pissed, I just wouldn’t label it a bad loss. Cincy was a bad loss… Seattle last year a bad loss.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        Agree about the redskin loss but the actaul loss to Cin wasn’t bad. The way we loss was but if you look it hindsight the only bad loss we had was Philly and at that point on that day Philly wasn’t a bad team. We are good enough to beat these teams but to me we don’t have any losses like Seattle at home last year with a backup QB.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Agreed.

      I think the Ravens play a defensive scheme that will give the Redskins fits. They can certainly protect the edges better than we did on Monday. And they have a much better run-stopper in the middle (Ngota) to deal with Morris.

      And frankly, I think the Bengals are a better team than the Cowboys.

      I’m not so sure there won’t be some surprises in the games that are about wild cards either. You just never know in this league.

      But the Giants need a W regardless of what happens around them. They need to start playing like a team that is tough and competitive, and intelligent. That intelligence was very much missing on Monday.

      •  JimStoll says:

        if the giants would just finish off 75% of their red-zone opportunities they would be unbeatable; but at ,50% you give opponents so many opportunities to compete

        •  Levito says:

          75% would be best in the league. Funny enough the best in the league right now is New Orleans @ 70%. Lowering that number on Sunday would go a long way towards ensuring a victory.

  6.  JimStoll says:

    here are the numbers by the way:

    New York Giants — 49 (possessions: highest in the NFL); 24 (TD’s); 11 (FG’s) — 49.0%

    and here are the teams worse than us:

    Buffalo Bills
    New York Jets
    San Diego Chargers
    Dallas Cowboys
    Philadelphia Eagles
    Oakland Raiders
    St. Louis Rams
    Arizona Cardinals
    Cleveland Browns
    Kansas City Chiefs

    •  demo3356 says:

      Nicks is our best Red Zone Threat and he hasnt been right since week 2. I think if he was healthy the whole year we would be closer to the top. I’m still shocked that They have never tried to work Barden down near the Goal line. Put 3 guys to one side, him on the other and if he is one on one just put it up. Guy is 6’6. If they double him it opens up stuff for other guys or for running lanes.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        I don’t know if I posted this but I meant too. Not being able to complete that fade to Nicks is killing our redzone. Nicks caught a number of those last year and hasn’t do far this year. I think barden can help and also Bennett much be used more.

      •  rlhjr says:

        Short range goal line or 15 yard line situations, you would think Barden could be pretty valuable.

  7.  rlhjr says:

    I also agree with FF55 from a few threads ago. We may not need two versatile linebackers. But we sure as hell need at least one stud three down MoFo.

    No matter how much you love Role (and I do), he’s just a safety. You need a backer to be the boss on defense.

    Two reasons:

    1. The position dictates that they put a stamp on every aspect of defensive play; tackling, blitzing coverage and hitting/intimidation and play calling.

    2. Very few linemen or defensive backs (Strahan, Joe Green, Jack Youngblood, Jack Tatum, Ronnie Lott, and Larry Wilson) were athletic and tough enough hombres to play the role. This is why I advocate a line backing “playmate(s)” for JPP.

    I am not sure if Giant management is still counting on Austin to be that guy on the defensive line who provides a physical pass rushing presents to complement JPP. The talent level of JPP is enough to raise the level of players around him. However, those players must first have a pulse.

    Our DB’s and safeties are feisty. Boley, Williams and Pysinger are excitable too. But with Tuck, Osi and Canty flat lining there is more help required. Blackburn and Herzlich are valuable and willing but do not seem athletically able to provide the required level of play.

    Perhaps with another year of conditioning Herzlich might regain his former prowess.

    But as previously stated (I think by Demo) the Giants need a “nasty boy” at DT (I would love a Ndamukong Su type) to provide law and order. Still love Lenny Joe at DT. But if Austin doesn’t pan out, we need help at that position too.

  8.  JimStoll says:

    I’ve been meaning to ask people this question for some time: does anyone think JPP looks significantly heavier this year than last?
    I look at him and see a thicker slower player than the previous season
    anyone else see that?

  9.  G-MenFan says:

    I’m a Knicks fan but they need to be more original and get their own celebration gestures. Between Novak stealing the “discount double check” from Aaron Rogers and now JR Smith doing Cruz’s salsa, it’s getting lame.

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