The Knicks beat the Spurs in New York on Sunday, winning at the Garden for the first time since December 1. (It’ll be March next week.) It was only the Knicks’ second win overall since January 4.
This is all to say that these random, surprising wins aren’t a big deal even as the Knicks aim their rays toward the top of the NBA draft lottery. Knicks fans can remain content in knowing this race to the bottom is in hand.
Knicks superfan Spike Lee won a major Oscar for the first time ever on Sunday, and as he arrived on stage to accept the award, Sam Jackson yelled to him that the Knicks won, to which Spike replied “we’re trying to tank!” Just a perfectly Knicksian moment.
But again, this is not a big deal. The Knicks now have 12 wins, one more than the 11-win Suns and two fewer than the 14-win Cavaliers. The three worst teams will have equal odds in the lottery. So the Knicks would need to fall (rise?) to the fourth spot in the reverse standings to suffer for wins. The Bulls are there now with 16 wins. (They haven’t lost since the All-Star break.)
Are the Knicks capable of winning five more games than the Bulls the rest of the way? Are the Knicks capable of winning five more games this season? There are 22 games left. New York has won five games in its last 37 … and that included a chunk of time before they traded Tim Hardaway Jr., who was their most productive player. It’s fine. The Knicks are truly too bad to blow this now.
Magic 113, Raptors 98
Clippers 96, Nuggets 123
Spurs 118, Knicks 130
All times Eastern. Games on League Pass unless otherwise noted.
Warriors at Hornets, 7
Blazers at Cavaliers, 7
Pacers at Pistons, 7
Spurs at Nets, 7:30
Suns at Heat, 7:30
Bucks at Bulls, 8
Hawks at Rockets, 8
Lakers at Grizzlies, 8
Sixers at Pelicans, 8, NBA TV
Mavericks at Clippers, 10:30, NBA TV
Uh, the Lakers are now three games out of the playoffs. Time to panic. LeBron thinks the team is comfortable with losing, which would make sense because that’s all the franchise has done for like five and a half years now.
The Worst Playoff Game Ever, one I remember well. I’d nominate 2009 NBA Finals Game 7 too, though.
The Knicks are blaming Fortnite for all the losses, so Knicks fans should be thanking Fortnite, it seems.
Ricky O’Donnell nails it: in the wake of his shoe bursting at the seams, Zion Williamson should do whatever he wants.
Jason Gay on the Sports Franchise Owner God Complex.
LOL I was mostly joking when I was calling All-Star Weekend LeBron’s Tamper Fest 2019 but LeBron and Anthony Davis actually filmed an episode of The Shop in Charlotte. LeBron is just taunting the Pelicans and frankly the NBA.
Be excellent to each other.