Anthony went down with less than two minutes remaining in the first half. Anthony was holding his ankle in pain, after accidentally stepping awkwardly on the referee’s foot. Anthony was escorted off the court and did not return to the game, however x-rays came back negative.
Luckily, the rest of the Knicks were able to rally and defeat the Celtics behind rookie phenom Kristaps Porzingis. The Latvian had an all around great night putting up 26 points, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Jerian Grant, his fellow rookie teammate, also poured in a career high 16 points — showing that the Knicks have a bright future ahead of them.
“We really are a team”, Coach Derek Fisher stated about the rest of the Knicks stepping up.
This win was an offensive team effort though, with Aaron Afflalo and Derrick Williams scoring 24 and 15 points respectively. Collectively the Knicks shot a respectable 53.1% from the field to power their win.
“Everybody’s ready to play, everybody’s ready to step up”, Porzingis said regarding the absence of Melo.
However, there is room for improvement. New York wasn’t perfect on defense with center Robin Lopez collecting four fouls and Porzingis fouling out of the game late in the fourth quarter.
The Knicks also struggled to match up with the quick pace of Boston’s top guard, Isaiah Thomas, allowing him to score 34 points, with 11 of those points coming from the charity stripe.
The Knicks are now tied for second place in the Atlantic Division and are one game out of the playoff picture. When asked about Anthony’s availability tonight against the Brooklyn Nets “We won’t know until probably game-time”, said Coach Fisher.
The New York Knicks take on the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center at 7:30 PM EST.