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Danny Granger imitates Steve Novak
Are we seeing a rekindling, however slight, of the Pacers-Knicks 1990s rivalry?
We know Danny Granger isn't the villain Reggie Miller is. And J.R. Smith isn't on John Starks' level as an instigator. But things definitely got a little chippy in the Pacers' come-from-behind 112-104 win over the Knicks last night.
With under 4:00 left and the Pacers and Knicks tied, 91-91, Granger drilled a corner three. On his way down the court, he did the "Discount Double Check," the symbol Novak frequently gives after hitting a three.
You can see Granger's celebration at the 2:00 mark of this video:
Here's the moment of his celebration:
And here's Novak's version of the move, with a little added GIF flare:
At the end of the game, with the Pacers in control, a frustrated Smith threw Leandro Barbosa to the ground. Smith was called for a flagrant 2, and was ejected. Newsday's Knicks beat writer Al Iannazzone tweeted about the possibility of Smith being suspendedby the NBA for the play:
@_jeo10 they probably will review it. We'll see.— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) April 4, 2012
After the game, Mike Woodson told Iannazzone and other reporters, "I'll sit down and talk with J.R. and just tell him he's got to be a little bit more professional."