Knicks does not need Kevin Durant to become a future contender. But there would be hell of a shortcut. Despite…
Knicks does not need Kevin Durant to become a future contender. But there would be hell of a shortcut.
Despite a galaxy gap gap between one of the biggest dynasties in the NBA story and league’s youngest team, Knicks stood toe-to-toe with Warriors and even held a double-digit lead over the two-time defending champions late in third quarter before Durant faded to the superstar who could transport almost any team to a title – scoring 25 of his 41 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Golden State to a 128-100 win on Friday night in the garden.
With the remarkable doubts early in the fourth quarter, Durant struck a series of increasingly unlikely shots and captivated the audience desperately to call him his own next season. The former MVP shot 1
7 out of 24 from the field – hit 5 of 9 3 pointers – while adding nine rebounds and five assists and handed over to Knicks (1-5) his fifth straight loss after Warrior’s 47-16 final quarter stamped.
“I would deal with him if he did the one-legged 3-pointer. It would have stopped him, says Knick’s coach David Fizdale about the only defense for Durant.” What you just saw, there’s maybe a guy in the world who does it at that level. The shots he makes, the places he can get is special. “
It’s unlike what the league has ever seen, with a 7-footer similar to the game’s best guard. That’s why a sign stands outside the garden asking for him to join the title-franchise.  Tim Hardaway Jr. ” width=”300″ height=”351″ class=”size-nypost-inline-default wp-image-13116605 lazyload” data-srcset=”https://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/tim-hardaway-jr1.jpg?quality=90&strip=all&w=300 300w, https://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/tim-hardaway-jr1.jpg?quality=90&strip=all&w=640 640w, https://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/tim-hardaway-jr1.jpg?quality=90&strip=all&w=1280 1280w, https://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/tim-hardaway-jr1.jpg?quality=90&strip=all&w=600 600w” data-sizes=”(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 300px”/> Tim Hardaway Jr. drives to the basket under the loss of Knicks. EPA  For at least one night, Durant blows up every second on the scene.
“You’re just taking that energy and let your instincts take over, “Durant said.” That was good. It’s always good here. “
While Warrior’s coach Steve Kerr rolled out a Hall of Fame set-up, Fizdale opposed three new starters – changing the line for the first time as Knicks coach. It included a rookie who had played 23 career minutes (Mitchell Robinson), a guard who was a DNP coach’s decision in the season’s first two matches (Damyean Dotson) and one forward on his fourth team in five seasons (Noah Vonleh).  Fizdale was asked if he had doubts about debuting the youthful line against league’s most dominant team.
“Not even,” said Fizdale. “I remember how stupid and irrational I was with my self-confidence as a child. … We have a tough young group. These children really believe in themselves. They understand where we are. They understand what we are working against. But I do not think they’re afraid. I think they are irrational enough to believe they can beat Warriors, so it’s pretty cool. “
It was crazy. And in some way it was within reach.
Although the garden cheered Durant during pregame introductions and became giddy with all 3 pointers by Steph Curry (29 points), the fans became even more beaten Knicks hard core, hit blood from the champs.
During the second quarter, the wars led by 13. At half-time each team had 53.
While Tim Hardaway Jr. (24 points) broke off early and often Frank Ntilikina changed the team’s entire dynamics , which makes his first ever on the goalkeeper and binds his career high 17 points.
With less than two minutes left in the third quarter, Knicks was 81-71. With less than eight minutes left in the fourth quarter, Knicks was at the top.
Since Durant, New York’s love with the superstar grew deeper. And the future felt it could go in any direction.
“They played as a champion. They also did some crazy shots, says Hardaway. “When you go to a guy like KD, you can just jump on the best and play your best defense.”
“[But] We do not want moral victories. We want to win points-empty.”