Well, it’s been a...... season.
Tonight, though — tonight was a night to sit back and watch the young core we’ve grown to love so much gain some much needed confidence against second unit NBA guys. Sure, it felt a bit like the first basketball video game you got as a kid when you would select your team ( Eastern Conference All-Stars) and match up against a manageable opponent ( The Miami Heat, but every roster spot is filled by Rony Seikaly), but it was a Knick victory nonetheless.
What’s that? The victory tonight cost us a draft position?
Nevertheless, I found myself yelling at my television over the course of this meaningless win, like during this lefty loop-around layup by Damyean Dotson.
.@staytuned21 slashing with the left ⤴️ pic.twitter.com/EwzH2zdRyV— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) April 12, 2018
For a moment, I thought maybe I would have to call in sick to work tomorrow due to a Luke Kornet dunk, but it turned out to only be a silky lay in.
Uhm Luke Kornet??? Is that you? pic.twitter.com/W6PrQ6B7ox— The Knicks Wall (@TheKnicksWall) April 12, 2018
Kornet also went 9 for 14 from the field (including 4 for 7 from deep) and had 23 points.
Trey Burke played a team-high 42 minutes and chipped in 19 points, 5 boards and 9 dimes.
My biological son (Frank Ntilikina) did his usual “I’m the best defender on the floor” thing and tossed in 16 points and 4 steals to boot.
Clearly, this was not the way Knicks fans had hoped to end this season, but perhaps it’s the ending we should have expected based on recent history.
Knicks (29-53) have lost at least 50 games in 4 straight seasons & have reached that mark 9 times since the 2000-2001 season. NYK has the worst winning percentage (41.4%) in the NBA since 2000-2001 among franchises that have played in each of those seasons, per ESPN Stats & Info— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) April 12, 2018
This game — which concluded the Knicks’ season — was kind of like ending a bad relationship. Sure, it hurts at first, but it’s just not healthy to keep going.
Of course, there will be lots of off-season work to be done, both from the Knicks front office and from your crew at P&T. I know I’ll be delivering plenty of draft and prospect info, and the focus now shifts to the 2018-2019 season. @Stingy on the recap coming soon.