The New York Knicks did what the New York Knicks do best on Monday night – lose a game in hilariously pathetic fashion that can only be thought of as theatre. A Bradley Beal layup gave the Washington Wizards a 102-101 lead with 6.9 seconds left on the clock. But not to worry – the Knicks had three timeouts remaining. Just in case they couldn’t get a good shot off in time or find an open man, they would burn one, right? Wrong. Instead of pushing the ball up the floor and either attacking the basket, finding an open man or calling a timeout, Carmelo Anthony recieved the ball on an inbounds pass, took his time dribbling up the court and hoisted up an errant shot at the buzzer that never had a chance of going through the hoop.
Not only did the Knicks lose the game, but their starting point guard as well. Pablo Prigioni suffered a hairline fracture of his right great toe and will be out at least two weeks, the Knicks announced via Twitter.
With Prigioni and Raymond Felton both now sidelined with injuries, there is speculation that the Knicks will call-up Chris Smith from the Erie BayHawks of the Developmental League for guard help. Smith is the younger brother of J.R. Smith and was demoted to the D-League on November 18. On Saturday, Smith dropped a career high 28 points in the BayHawks’ loss to the Canton Charge. The 26-year-old is averaging 11.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists through 6 games in the D-League.
Following New York’s loss, Woodson responded about the speculation of Smith rejoining the squad:
“That’s a possibility,” he said.
If there is a silver lining at all for the Knicks after this embarrassing game, it’s that J.R. Smith broke out of his funk. The struggling guard dropped 18 points and hit 5 three-pointers, both surpassing the totals of his last three games combined. He looks to be back on track. Oh, at least until his brother gets called-up and the two go out clubbing together to celebrate. Hey, maybe Rihanna can even join.