Are you excited for some New York Knicks basketball?
Garden is about half empty now and they're playing really loud music to drown out an arena-wide "sell the team" chant now— Alex Wolfe (@thealexwolfe) March 7, 2020
Yeah, it was another one of those nights at MSG. The Knicks were down 20 at the end of the third quarter despite playing their starters for an extended stretch, and the bench let the deficit balloon to 30 in the fourth.
The bright spot — if you there was any — was the play of Mitchell Robinson, who put up 11 points on some highlight-reel dunks.
RJ Barrett recovered somewhat from a terrible start — he was either 0-6 or 1-6 — and finished with 17 points on 5-12 shooting. He hit all 6 of his free throws, which was encouraging.
Otherwise, there was nothing to cheer about. Frank Ntilikina hurt his ankle in the first half, but came back in the fourth quarter. There would be no Willis Reed heroics, though. Elfrid Payton put up good numbers (18 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists) while his team was getting slaughtered, as is his wont. I’m sure the front office is preparing a big, fat extension for him. Damyean Dotson played in the fourth quarter for the first time in forever. Where has he been all this time?
Miranda will have the recap. Happy weekend, all.