I apologize if this thread comes a bit late. I was settling down to type it up, already secure in the fact that the Knicks had blown this game, when my boy George Kitten jumped onto my keyboard. I kept taking him off and he kept jumping back on — very unusual behavior for George. Finally, he turned to me and spoke in clearly understandable Catese: “Why the hell you even bothering with this crap?”
Look, George, I get it. But sometimes the job just has to be done.
I must say, this was one of the most disappointing second half performances I’ve seen in a while. Not because the Raptors, who were down a fairly significant amount in the third quarter, turned around and throttled the Knicks so completely that they built a 20-point lead in a matter of minutes. No, the disappointing thing was that Willy Hernangomez, who scored 20 first-half points and had dominated Toronto, finished the game with only 24. I was rooting so damn hard for you to reach 30!
Alas, Knicks fans will settle for 24 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals.
Strong start for the home squad! #NYKvsTOR #Knicks @willyhg94: 11p@ChassonRandle: 5p pic.twitter.com/L0pjeJe612— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) April 9, 2017
Ron Baker came shockingly close to a triple-double, dropping 11 points, 8 assists and 8 rebounds on the Raptors.
1 to go! #NYKvsTOR— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) April 9, 2017
Raptors 76 #Knicks 75 @willyhg94: 24p@RonBaker31: 9p pic.twitter.com/0YldzXkn77
Still the Raptors had at least two higher gears that the Knicks do not possess. We’ll get ‘em next year, Willy, Ron and company!
Recap to come.