I don’t know, folks. I just don’t know anymore. The Chicago Bulls have tormented the New York Knicks since the dawn of time. They fell victim earlier in the season to some Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah revenge games, but with those two on the shelf, and with a resurgent Kristaps Porzingis sidelined with a bad back, this game looked to be an easy loss for the boys in orange and blue.
But no. Of course not. Hell, we were stupid for ever thinking we had a handle on the peyote-fueled dance that is this season. Just when we thought this team was about to zig, they zagged headlong into a comfortable 100-91 win that honestly wasn’t even that close.
Carmelo Anthony came back from injury and made some sweet, vintage jumpers...
1 to go! #NYKvsCHI #Knicks@carmeloanthony: 18p@CourtneyLee2211: 12p@TooHotFiDem: 10p pic.twitter.com/JH4rkFf8kg— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) April 5, 2017
...and embarrassed the crap out of Nikola Mirotic with this grimy, totally unfair crossover...
Skates ⛸.#NYKvsCHI #Knicks pic.twitter.com/ZxoDTZhVUS— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) April 5, 2017
...but he shot an unsightly 9-25 from the field. Likewise, Willy Hernangomez struggled, shooting 4-11. But the Knicks were buoyed by a 13-point, 12-rebound performance from starting forward...Maurice Ndour?
.@TooHotFiDem with the putback! #NYKvsCHI #Knicks pic.twitter.com/r6q1cfLEA6— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) April 5, 2017
#Knicks 9! #NYKvsCHI— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) April 5, 2017
WATCH on @MSGNetworks! pic.twitter.com/hF9gRq7xWB
The bench crew of Kyle O’Quinn, Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Justin Holiday also excelled against the Bulls, who should probably quit the NBA after this one.
The Maurice Ndour Game. It is what it is. Recap to come.