Hace less than a year New York reappear on the basketball map. The Knicks They were finally taking the step forward that had been so demanded of them for decades and were no longer just another attraction for the millions of tourists who stroll through the Big Apple each year. They were again a competitive team and with wicked future that made the long-suffering Madison fans dream.
With Thibodeau at the forefront of operations and players like Randle, Barrett o Quickley Knicks fans see a solid foundation on which to build a project that, now, seemed to have a plan to return the team to the place that, by geographical position, they deserve. Because the Knicks had to be the reflection of a city like New York and everything indicated that, once and for all, they were on the right track to achieve it.
But if there is a toxic franchise in this NBA, other than the Sacramento Kings, those are these Knicks capable of self-swallowing in less than four months. Madison fans have gone from dreaming about continuing to climb to having nightmares about re-entering the playoffs.
The team is currently out of the play-in positions with 17 wins and 20 losses, the last against the Toronto Raptors (120-105). But beyond the numbers, there is the feeling of having retraced all the way. The team He no longer bites on defense, lowers his arms at the slightest contingency, has failed again in free agency with his star signings (Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier) And he sins again from the evils that made the Knicks a mockery for too long.
Like a hurricane the Phoenix Suns by Charlotte to disarm some Hornets totally outmatched and they lost by 43 points. Seven Suns players scored more than 10 points with Devin Booker as the leading scorer (24 points) for a team that has turned offensive basketball into an art.
An error by Jimmy Butler allowed the Kings to sign the surprise of the night in the NBA with their victory against the Miami Heat. A game in which Tyrese Haliburton proved that he is one of the future references at the point guard in the NBA. The Sacramento player stood out with a new game in the direction, as shown by his average of 10.3 assists in his last 10 games.
RESULTS OF THE NBA DAY
- Raptors 120-105 Knicks
- Celtics 116-111 Magic
- Cavaliers 108-104 Pacers
- Kings 115-113 Heat
- Hornets 99-133 Suns
- Thunder 86-95 Mavericks
- Lakers 108-103 Timberwolves
The game between the Lakers and the Timberwolves was not a dish for the finest palates in basketball. It was a meeting that on an offensive level became a ball for many spectators and for some of its protagonists such as Anthony Edwards, who finished with 19 points, but who lived a night to be forgotten from the perimeter with his zero of six from the triple.
Another of those mentioned in the match played in Los Angeles was Russell Westbrook… one more night. The point guard again came under the spotlight of criticism despite his 20 points and five assists. Numbers that were left to nothing after nine ball losses committed by the star signing of Los Angeles for this season.