When I flipped to the Knicks/Magic game last night, I thought my contacts were failing me. I did that extra-hard blink thing that you do to try to will your contacts back into their proper spot so that you can see correctly, stared at the screen and figured it was time to grab my glasses.
Lots of hours in front of a computer screen will make that necessary sometimes. It just seemed a lot more likely for my contacts to have decided they were done for the day than for the Knicks to be leading the Magic by 30.
I was feeling lazy and didn't want to actually get up to make the switch, so I went to Yahoo! Sports to check the boxscore. Yep. My eyes and contacts were working just fine.
The Magic, however? Not a lot of fine going on anywhere concerning Orlando last night.
What a game. With a final score of 108-86 in favor of the Knicks, of course Carmelo Anthony had to point to the coaching change when talking about how well the team is playing. That's what he does.
Knicks rookie Iman Shumpert was fantastic in the victory, scoring 25 points to go with seven rebounds and four assists. He also showed that he is fantastic at celebrating some of those points, as evidenced by this photo, originally tweeted by Sports Illustrated's Nicki Jhabvala.
So much going on. First, Shumpert loving life with his unidentified Knicks bro (who might be J.R. Smith, judging by the tattoos on his hands, but maybe not—not an expert on New York's ink).
The height, athleticism, extension—that's how you do celebratory leaps into the air. Then, the man in the crowd, wearing the lilac shirt, mouth open, face partially covered by Shumpert's leg, that is a happy man. Glad to see someone enjoying this blowout of a game so much.
Finally—and this is the best part of the picture—Dwight Howard. We don't need a body-language expert to tell us that Howard is frustrated and wearing an expression that seems to say, "You've got to be kidding me," and "For real?" and "So glad I made that announcement two weeks ago and now have to hoist all of these losses upon my broad shoulders," and "Oh, great…tomorrow that article's going to drop on Grantland about how I'm the real NBA Kardashian…timing can be such a B."
This photo is spectacular. See joy. See frustration. See the boxscore of the Knicks/Magic game for your explanation.