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

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Tannnnnnnnnnk.

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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.

Notes:

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 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.

— 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!