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Faux-Knicks Lose Their Third Fourth in a Row

As previously established, we are dealing with the (never going to end) NBA lockout by simulating the Knicks season on NBA2K12 on our PlayStation 3 and posting the results here, as if they were actual games. So! One of the initial bright spots in the lockout is that it wiped out the early-season West Coast trip the Knicks had to take; it'd be nice to miss that, presuming, of course, they did eventually start playing. In the video game simulation world, though, the Knicks have no such luck: They have to "play" these games. So the Knicks fell to 0-3 on the road trip, losing 87-85 to the Lakers at Staples Center. It was their fourth straight loss, all without Carmelo Anthony. Kobe Bryant had 35 points for the Lakers; Amar'e Stoudemire scored 31 for the Knicks. Injury to insult to injury: Toney Douglas missed a three-pointer at the buzzer that would have won the game ... and then partially tore his labrum on the shot and will be out two weeks. That's now three Knicks on the injured list: Anthony, Douglas, and Derrick Brown. Which means we're gonna start Andy Rautins for Sunday's game at Phoenix. With the Knicks at 3-6, what can it hurt?

As always, here's a short video from the Lakers game, shot poorly off our television by our iPhone.

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Photo: Will Leitch, off his television