What a joyous morning. Pogo the stile for some really great news.* In the wise words of Mr. Frazier: “Good periphial vision”
* Dwight Howard’s sixth foul was proof that not even the Knicks could get in the Knicks way last night:
Anthony played aggressively on defense and had a significant role in Howard’s premature exit. In the fourth quarter, with the Knicks struggling to score, he drove twice on consecutive possessions and drew Howard’s fourth and fifth fouls in a span of 41 seconds.
“He was not going to let us lose this game,” said Chauncey Billups, who delivered a crucial 3-point basket in overtime and ended with 17 points. “When you get him focused like that at both ends of the court, you are talking about maybe the best player in basketball.”
* This has little to do with last night’s win, but you should definitely read it anyway. Courtesy of Tommy Craggs, a comparison between our country’s two most public commissioners.
* The Carmelo/J-Rich mini-scrap during a crucial sequence led to another big call that could’ve gone either way.
* Dwight Howard trying to reassure himself after last night’s loss:
“Just look at college basketball right now,” Howard said. “VCU has been playing hard. That’s the reason why they’re beating all these top teams. Now they’re playing in the Final Four. It’s the same thing here. The harder you work, you make up for those mistakes. Whoever works the hardest is going to win. I think that’s what got us to the  Finals. We worked harder than everybody else.”
Yes, hard work, and a Kevin Garnett-less Boston Celtics and one trick Cleveland Cavaliers pony on your road there.
* THE reason for no shootarounds on the day of home games.
* Forever linked, like brothers from another mother. Here’s a breakdown of how the Nuggets are running their offense.
* This Mitch Lawrence guy is a super duper downer.