True Knicks fans know there’s no such thing as rock bottom with this franchise — things can always get worse. Still, it’s pretty bad right now for the orange and blue. The Knicks executed like clowns down the stretch and fell victim to 7 clutch points from ex-Knick Damyean Dotson as the woefully undermanned Cleveland Cavaliers pulled out a 106-103 win.
Let’s start with the good stuff. Immanuel Quickley played for the oft-ineffective Elfrid Payton for much of the second half and dropped a career-high 23 points, 4 assists and 5 rebounds.
Julius Randle put up a Randl-ian stat line of 28 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds, though he did miss a critical free throw near the end of the game.
Julius always giving it his all pic.twitter.com/boRuIbTKlu— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) January 16, 2021
I’ve been giving Nerlens Noel a lot of crap recently, but he played really well in the second half.
Put it all out on the line (he's okay) pic.twitter.com/VBz3goRQa5— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) January 16, 2021
And RJ Barrett had his second straight efficient scoring night, with 20 points on 7-12 shooting, though he did have two big turnovers late (one of which may have been a kicked ball that the refs missed).
Reggie Bullock returned to the lineup and was straight ass. Obi Toppin played his first meaningful minutes since Game 1 — 10 minutes, to be exact — and did some nice things. Elf was Elf...’nuff said.
Benny will have the recap tomorrow morning. Until then, try to forget this game happened.