2006_04_sknickslogo.jpgThe long awaited youth movement has finally arrived, but it is surprisingly missing one player. Using the “kids” the Knicks beat the Celtics 101-86 last night in Boston. The win means that New York will not tie the franchise record for fewest wins in a season and brings them out of the NBA cellar.

Once again Jamal Crawford led the way with 31 points and eleven rebounds, continuing his commitment to defense, which has endeared him to Larry Brown. Nate Robinson looked revived, scoring 12 and providing a spark off the bench. David Lee had another quietly solid game with 9 points and 9 rebounds.

However, the most interesting decision was Brown’s choice of Jackie Butler over Eddy Curry during the fourth quarter. Butler played very well, but wasn’t Curry supposed to be the most important player for the franchise? Perhaps this signals a change in the Knicks’ thinking or perhaps it is a way of sending a message to Curry. Whatever the reason, in Crawford, Robinson, Lee, Butler and Qyntel Woods New York has found some players who care and make for a watchable game; quite an improvement over the first seventy games.