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Pacers 104, Knicks 103: Scenes from Julius Randle’s free throw follies

Tight butt cheeks.

Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

New coach, same old Knicks? Not quite.

Sure the New Yorkers fell to the Indiana Pacers, 104-103. Yes, they experienced the collective tight booty cheeks we’ve seen from them all season, shooting like 1-15 over the final few minutes. They were fortunate that the Pacers matched them in late-game ineptitude. Look at this shit.

Pacers big man Myles Turner morphed into prime Hakeem Olajuwon late, blocking Mitchell Robinson on a late drive. Julius Randle got the offensive rebound and was fouled down 2 with 0.1 seconds remaining. He sank the first and then, remembering that he is Julius Randle, horribly bricked the second. Ball game.

But the Knicks made some strides in their first game under new head coach Mike Miller. The switch-everything defense was gone, replace by sensible drop coverage on the pick-and-roll. Randle didn’t bring the ball up the court nearly as much as he did under David Fizdale, though he did start to revert to his iso-ball ways a bit more in the second half. Elfrid Payton played perhaps the best game of his injury-plagued season, with 9 points and 7 assists. In fact, Payton played pretty much the entire fourth quarter.

Oh well, it was better than losing by 40. Recap to come.