Philly was rallying in the fourth quarter, but up to that point that the Knicks had managed to keep them at bay with a lineup of Trey Burke, Frank Ntilikina, Damyean Dotson, Isaiah Hicks and Kyle O’Quinn. Hicks probably needed to go to the bench, but based on what we’ve seen all season, the other four are probably the ones you want on the court if you’re trying to protect a lead. At the very least, Frank and Dame should have been getting some of those minutes—or, at the very leastest least, Dotson, who was playing tremendously well in his limited fourth-quarter minutes.
Instead, Hornacek went with the tried-and-true losing formula: Emmanuel Mudiay, Tim Hardaway, Courtney Lee, Michael Beasley and Enes Kanter. And, well, this clip sums up their performance pretty well.
I don’t know if Mudiay was hurt, or embarrassed, or both, but he falls down all of the time, and this one leads to a wide open three pic.twitter.com/goRFHqZXEr— Knicks Film School (@KnickFilmSchool) March 16, 2018
The Sixers stormed back through negligible resistance to take the W. This was your masterpiece, Jeff.
Recap to come.