The Knicks kept pace with Memphis for a while, even while Marc Gasol was shredding every defender he faced. But then New York stopped finding good shots in the fourth quarter (Arron Afflalo couldn't beat Tony Allen, Kristaps Porzingis couldn't get the ball in comfortable spots) and they fell apart. Ball got pretty sticky. Bad rebounding didn't help.
Kyle O'Quinn's flagrant foul on Marc Gasol epitomized New York's inability to handle his fakes, and started the game spiraling:
Review (Crew): if O'Quinn committed a flagrant foul in Q4 of #NYKatMEM. Ruling: Flagrant 1 on O'Quinn. https://t.co/FJcM9RGSRF— NBA Official (@NBAOfficial) January 17, 2016
The Knicks need Carmelo Anthony back, and they also need to wake up a little bit. We knew this funk would set in eventually, and now they've gotta shake out of it. I think they will!
In the meantime, here's some Kristaps:
.@kporzee knocks down the jumper over Z-Bo. Porzingis now has 12pts & #Knicks lead 43-41! #NYKvsMEM pic.twitter.com/p3eVB3PpIG— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) January 17, 2016
REPLAY: @kporzee w/ the sweet dime on the run to @DWXXIII! #NYKvsMEM https://t.co/YJIngqe3zm— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) January 17, 2016
Kristaps https://t.co/wLu76U7bA2— vineydelnegro (@vineydelnegro) January 17, 2016
On to the next one.