It is official. The New York Knicks are the most random team and franchise in the NBA. Sacramento, please, hold our beers.
The Knicks were without their All Star forward, Carmelo Anthony, as he was having issues with his knee last night. But they managed to put that aside and go away with the win against an Orlando Magic team that looks a little lost in direction.
The Magic were without Nikola Vucevic, who’s also dealing with an injury in his right Achilles, but they had a great start in the game, as Evan Fournier was carrying the team in what was looking like an easy win for them.
But then, somebody started praying…and great things started to happen.
The Knicks started a great push in the fourth quarter as Kyle O’Quinn, the hero without a cape (but has a beard), played in a great level to earn that win.
Coach Hornacek was a little frustrated with his starters. Kristaps Porzingis was expected to carry the load of the team, and he was -9 in RPM. Derrick Rose was S T R U G G L I N G, as he ended with a game worst -23 in RPM. So, the bench had to step up. And that’s exactly what they did.
O’Quinn, Justin Holiday and the newest Knick, Chasson Randle, who had a huge game and ended with +27 in RPM, pushed the Magic out of the building as they sparked a great run to beat the Magic 28-13 in that fourth quarter and win the game 113-105.
”Some nights that is going to happen,” said Coach Jeff Hornacek. ”We were rolling defensively, we extended the lead and the guys that were out there looked like they really enjoyed playing together.”
Perhaps this is what Brandon Jennings was talking about when he took a jab at the Knicks a few days ago. New York needs to play together. They need to find their game. Rose needs to step up as the team’s point guard and ball handler. Porzingis needs to put more effort in both sides of the court as he is the future of this franchise.
The playoffs are still at grasp. And the Knicks urgently need to find their way to make it happen.