So, that was certainly a game. The Knicks could have very easily gotten rolled by the Celtics tonight with all of the players from the Porzingis trade as yet unavailable, but they actually kept it tight!
The main story of this 113-99 loss, however, was that the MSG faithful was in full recruitment mode for Kyrie Irving tonight, searching for a new savior after the Porzingis trade:
"We want Kyrie" chants break out at MSG, amazingly, behind this graphic of Anthony Davis' father blasting the Celtics. The NBA is WILD. pic.twitter.com/eWKaLoFpEB— SNY (@SNYtv) February 2, 2019
Redo!— Posting and Toasting (@ptknicksblog) February 2, 2019
Kyrie asked about the Knicks postgame pic.twitter.com/gW8xCwsdcg
Kyrie getting cheers when he touches the ball pic.twitter.com/D380AlGtye— Knicks Film School (@KnickFilmSchool) February 2, 2019
The perhaps future Knick dropped 23 points on 9-20 shooting at the Garden.
As far as the Knicks of the present, good on them for surviving the night. Three Knicks played over 35 minutes tonight (Kadeem Allen, Kevin Knox and Damyean Dotson), and all of them actually played pretty well in those big minutes.
Dotson was the star tonight for the Knicks, pouring in an efficient 22 points on 9-16 shooting with the team desperately needing someone that could put the ball in the bucket.
Dot has been tremendous tonight pic.twitter.com/CBaAh6j6KO— The Knicks Wall (@TheKnicksWall) February 2, 2019
Knox was not nearly as efficient on his way to 21 points on 9-21 shooting, but he certainly had his moments. The rook is growing up right before our eyes as (arguably) the Knicks’ best young piece on the roster now.
That’s three in a row for the rook pic.twitter.com/ncSQpEuus2— The Knicks Wall (@TheKnicksWall) February 2, 2019
Knox with the nice finish in transition pic.twitter.com/giNRi4w2Sg— Knicks Film School (@KnickFilmSchool) February 2, 2019
Allen contributed nine points and five assists, and for a dude that’s spent most of his time in the G-League this year, he’s looked pretty good lately.
Oh, and Mitchell Robinson is amazing. This guy has just been carving out such a role for himself lately, and once his game is fully refined, he could be a huge problem in the NBA. Eight points, eight rebounds, and this b-yoo-tee-ful block on Jayson Tatum for the rook tonight:
MITCH with the swat on Tatum pic.twitter.com/0yECcRHH1a— Knicks Film School (@KnickFilmSchool) February 2, 2019
Two last things. This was my favorite series in the game:
Trier with the AWESOME block, leads to a Dotson transition layup pic.twitter.com/89l0Cvvnn0— Posting and Toasting (@ptknicksblog) February 2, 2019
But this way far and away the highlight of the game for me:
Huge shoutout to the fan making bird noises loud enough during Hayward's free throws to get picked up on TV— Posting and Toasting (@ptknicksblog) February 2, 2019
(Volume ⬆️⬆️⬆️) pic.twitter.com/5Md0RCRrJt
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