Welcome to the emotional rollercoaster. You must be a tortured Knicks fan to ride.
The Knicks opened up this game absolutely scorching the Clippers with 45 points in the first quarter and a 16-point lead. Then the Clippers retaliated with a 47-point second quarter and took a seven-point lead into halftime.
That lead would balloon to as much as 15 in the second half, which is right around when I decided to stop tweeting for a minute and enjoy my pizza that I ordered for dinner. Oh, what a fool I was, as mid-bite on my second slice, the Knicks decided to elevate their fake comeback to “OK, maybe this is a real comeback?” status, before eventually regressing back to a fake comeback and losing by three points.
Regardless, though, this is a title contender, even playing without their best player in Kawhi Leonard. Finishing within three points is a hell of an outcome for a Knicks team that, while improved, is still not what I’d call “good.”
Marcus Morris was (once again) the star for the Knicks here, logging a career-high 38 points in what (as Mike Breen reminded us of about 5,000 times on the telecast) could be an audition to get traded to the very team he scored those points against.
Marcus Morris takes the contact and brings the Knicks within 10 again pic.twitter.com/M2OEmdgS7R— Posting and Toasting (@ptknicksblog) January 5, 2020
Marcus Morris throws up a heave trying to draw the foul and... pic.twitter.com/G62zdcEsWU— Posting and Toasting (@ptknicksblog) January 5, 2020
Yeah that'll be two first rounders now Clips, figure it out pic.twitter.com/RAkL2eyCKj— Posting and Toasting (@ptknicksblog) January 5, 2020
RJ Barrett finally had a bit of a resurgent game too after his recent slump, dropping 24 points and six rebounds on 7-11 shooting. Consistency will be key though, so hopefully this is a building block for a fruitful January for RJ.
RJ can't be stopped pic.twitter.com/d6Oy1CHe6d— Posting and Toasting (@ptknicksblog) January 5, 2020
Frank Ntilikina played well in his starting opportunity as well, notching seven points, five assists and four rebounds with Elfrid Payton at home with his new baby.
Frank and Mitch chemistry pic.twitter.com/1awDeqgdaW— Posting and Toasting (@ptknicksblog) January 5, 2020
Julius Randle notched 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists, Reggie Bullock continued his rust-free return with nine points on 4-5 shooting and Kadeem Allen impressed off the bench with nine points and six rebounds.
All in all, a pretty good game, even if it was frustrating to blow the Clippers out of the water in the first quarter and ultimately lose. MMiranda will have a more thorough recap for y’all later.