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.
How to blow a 4-point lead in the final minute to the worst team in the league:— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) February 4, 2018
* missed free throws:✅
* terrible defensive rotations: ✅
* stepping out of bounds on the inbounds:✅
* Also very important: if you get an offensive rebound, immediately attempted a contested J✅ pic.twitter.com/Fc4UR4LkMt
—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.
Frank Ntilikina didn’t play in 2nd half due to knee soreness. He said it’s unrelated to knee issues that sidelined him in summer league/preseason. “It was just over time. It’s been like a month, I feel my knee a little sore. Now it was a little more. It’s going to be all right.”— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) February 4, 2018
— 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.
Kristaps Porzingis after today's loss, in which NYK blew a 4-point lead with 1:07 to go due to several mistakes: “I can’t even process that we lost. I can’t believe it. It was our game. It was 100% our game.... We’re just not there yet as a team. We keep losing these games.”— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) February 4, 2018
C’mon dude...you 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.
Asked Kristaps Porzingis about this. He was gesturing to the ref to ask him to watch Dedmon for a potential foul. He was supposed to screen for Tim Hardaway Jr. on the play (which he did), not Courtney Lee. https://t.co/wGm73ZdSR1— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) February 4, 2018
— One freakin’ second.
Referee crew chief Pat Fraher said officials operated within the rules when they gave Kent Bazemore a 3rd free throw, wiping away a basket from the Knicks late in the fourth quarter. Had one more second elapsed, the NYK shot that was taken off the board would have counted: pic.twitter.com/9XW8aPj4GB— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) February 4, 2018
— 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!