Wow. I don’t even know what to say.
The New York Knicks looked like lukewarm dookie for about 44 minutes of tonight’s preseason contest with the Washington Wizards. The Wiz led by as many as 19 points, and the ‘Bockers couldn’t get the deficit lower than nine.
But these are Tom Thibodeau’s Knicks, which means they aren’t going to fold. He kept his Big 3 of RJ Barrett, Julius Randle and Derrick Rose in the game, augmented by youngsters Obi Toppin and Quentin Grimes. Playing without a center, they trapped, stunted, recovered, and basically flew around the court like maniacs.
Obi Toppin and RJ Barrett came up with monster three-point shots and monster blocks just when the Knicks needed them most.
OBI AND RJ CLUTCH BLOCKS. KNICKS UP pic.twitter.com/NHEIrAiFvD— KNICKS ON MSG (@KnicksMSGN) October 16, 2021
RJ’s block was so nice, let’s play it twice. Deni Avdija is supposed to be a power forward. He should probably quit basketball after being owned like this.
ROWAN THE WARDEN STRIKES AGAIN pic.twitter.com/DgoQHVuLhw— The Knicks Wall (@TheKnicksWall) October 16, 2021
Randle had a chance to put the game out of reach with free throws, but missed them both. The Wizards came back to tie the game, setting the stage for Randle’s redemption.
Madness. Absolute madness.
There is much to discuss from tonight. Hang tight for the recap.