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Hawks 99, Knicks 96: Knicks ascend to top 10 in draft order with inspirational loss


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Hey all. Did you watch the Super Bowl? Also, the Knicks are trash. They allowed the last-place Atlanta Hawks to score the final 7 points of the game after deciding unanimously not to cover the three-point line. It was a tank masterpiece.

Here’s the video.


Frank Ntilikina sailed a pass over Doug McDermott’s head, then Jeff Hornacek brought in Trey Burke to run the offense, sliding Frank over to the 2 for the next few minutes. Then, just that, Frank was gone from this game. Turns out a bum knee sidelined him. Drag.

— Trey Burke received not only all of Frank second-half minutes, but also snatched the point guard spot away from Jarrett Jack down the stretch. Burke did what he does best: canning jumpers out of the pick-and-roll. Lil’ Trey finished second on the team with 14 points on 6-10 shooting. But he was on the floor when they blew the lead, so expect to see Jack closing out games for the rest of the season.

Kristaps Porzingis had 22 point, 8 rebounds, 4 steals and 5 blocks, scored 11 points in the fourth quarter, and this game will be considered an absolute failure, as you can hear from his pained quotes.

C’mon can’t believe it? You’ve been a Knick for almost three seasons now. You need to kill that cocky little voice in your head that says, “LOL there’s no way we can lose this game.”

— Who was Kristaps waiving to on the final possession? A mystery solved.

— One freakin’ second.

— Tim Hardaway pulled a couple of boners, shooting off an offensive rebound instead of running the clock down (Do we call this “pulling a Bargs” or “pulling a J.R.”? God, the 2014-15 season was weird) and stepping out of bounds while receiving a pass (Though you could argue that was more Burke’s fault for making the pass). He didn’t talk to the media after the game, which made some beat writers tsk-tsk him.

Oh well. Enjoy yourself, Eagles fans. Knicks are officially top 10 in the draft order!