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Pelicans 110, Knicks 96: If this isn’t rock bottom, I don’t know what is

Derrick Rose is missing, and the Knicks were horrid.

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Wow, Knicks. A supposedly winnable Monday night clash with the New Orleans Pelicans at Madison Square Garden turned into an absolutely farce. And I mean a farce even by Knicks standards.

Let’s start with Derrick Rose, who as of this writing is still AWOL. He never showed up for warmups and the team had no idea where he was, so they announced 10 minutes before the game that Brandon Jennings would start in his place. Here’s our piece on the Rose disappearance...we’ll keep updating it as new information comes to light.

Anyway, the Knicks gave up a ton of threes to a normally weak-shooting Pels club — as per usual — and were dominated by Anthony Davis — also as per usual. They trailed only by nine at the half, but completely fell apart in the third quarter. New Orleans took control of the contest with a 31-15 period which saw ejections for both Carmelo Anthony (arguing with officials) and Kyle O’Quinn (Flagrant-2 on Davis). The bench crew put up the standard fake-ass comeback to make the score respectable, but this was perhaps the least-respectable Knicks loss of the past few years. And that’s saying something.

Highlight of the game...

Breen: “Did you know, Clyde, that Tim Frazier is only the third Frazier in NBA history?”

Clyde, sounding legitimately worried: “...I thought you were gonna say he’s my son!”

And that’s it, folks. No recap. Hopefully Rose is alright and we can burn all the tapes of this game.