CLOSE David Fizdale on what he saw when Kevin Knox suffered his ankle injury. Chris Iseman, Staff Writer, @chrisiseman New…
David Fizdale on what he saw when Kevin Knox suffered his ankle injury.
Chris Iseman, Staff Writer, @chrisiseman
NEW YORK – The Madison Square Garden crowd fell silent as part of the Knicks’ future lay on the court, writhing in Pain.
Kevin Knox eventually worked his way back to his feet, but only barely.
It was a jolting image for the Knicks and their fans.
After Knox left the game, the Knicks managed to keep it close to the Boston Celtics before finally falling, 103-101, on Saturday.
Both teams were on the second half of a back-to-back. The Knicks lost to the Nets on Friday while the Celtics lost to the Raptors.
The Knicks later confirmed he suffered a sprained left ankle. X-rays came back negative.
Knox suffered the injury at the 1:45 mark of the first quarter.
He was on a fast-paced opportunity when he took a step and planted his left foot, appearing to begin To go to the rim over Terry Rozier. But when he planted his foot, it rolled badly.
“I had a real bad feeling in my gut when he went down,” coach David Fizdale said. “Where my angle was that I could see the thing basically hit the floor “I feel for the kid.”
Now all the Knicks can hope is that Knox makes a quick recovery.
“Hopefully his 19-year-old healing body will kick in and he’ll heal up pretty quick, “Fizdale said.
Much of this season is about Knox’s development. He’s already endured plenty, losing his job in the starting five after a rough preseason. Knox looked much more comfortable offensively against the Nets on Friday with a 17-point performance.
Ups and downs will come during a rookie’s season. Knox is learning that quickly.
“That was what I joked with him about,” Fizdale said. “I said,” Welcome to the NBA. “You play like crap, you play great and then you get hurt. That’s the roller coaster of our league. And so this is good for him. He’s going to grow from this and come back stronger and better. “
After Knox left the game, The Knicks managed to hang with the Celtics. Boston at one point held a 16-point lead before the Knicks climbed back. The Celtics tried to pull away at several points but never could.
Damyean Dotson, playing his first minutes of the season, drained back-to-back three-pointers in the final minute of the first half to bring the Knicks to within two points going into halftime.
Then with the Knicks trailing 89-83 with just less than five minutes remaining in the fourth, Tim Hardaway Jr. drained back-to-back triples to tie the game and bring a roaring garden crowd to its feet.
Boston pushed its lead to seven points but again the Knicks came back.
“It shows a lot about this group, shows our character, shows that we can battle with anybody, “Hardaway said.” As long as we compete and condition and stay in shape, the way we are going, we will go a long way. “
Lance Thomas lavede en tre med 50,2 sekunder tilbage at bringe Knicks to within one before a bucket from Jayson Tatum put the Celtics back up by three with 21 seconds left.
After Tatum made two free throws to push Boston’s lead to three points, the Knicks called a timeout.
Burke had trouble trying to inbound the ball out of the timeout. He said after the game he was trying to go to Hardaway.
After getting the ball inbound, Burke ended up with the ball in his hands.
“It worked out, but the option was to go to Tim,” Burke said. “He had it going all game.”  Burke missed the first free throw, hit the second and intentionally missed the third. Al Horford grabbed the rebound to end the game.
Fizdale regretted the play he called.
“I drew a crap play,” Fizdale said. “It was terrible.” That’s the first thing I said to the team. That was a bad play. ‘”
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