The Brooklyn Nets have the NBA’s worst record, and losing twice to them doesn’t bode well with Knicks‘ center Kyle O’Quinn.
On Thursday night, the Knicks dropped their game against Brooklyn 121-110 after a terribly weak second half. The loss marked the second time in five days New York has been unable to beat their East River rival, and O’Quinn was particularly upset about his team’s poor play, according to ESPN’s Ian Begley.
“It doesn’t sit well. … We don’t play them no more so I think they got us this year. It’s tough. A team like that, you look at the roster, they shouldn’t be in the gym with us, I feel. But they played hard and anybody can win. It’s March. Anybody can win in March.”
Can you blame him? Honestly?
Brooklyn’s win against the Knicks was just their 13th on the year, and it was the first time all season that the Nets have beaten the same opponent twice. Outside of Brook Lopez, Randy Foye and Jeremy Lin, the team is made up of nothing but young guys and former D-Leaguers, but the league’s worst team played pretty well Thursday while the NBA’s most dysfunctional team did not.
Lopez and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 24 and 20, respectively, to lead the Nets, and Lin, Foye and Caris LeVert made up for almost the rest of the scoring. Brooklyn shot 48 percent from the field, 32 percent from three and was noticeably more aggressive than their Midtown contemporaries and attempted a staggering 35 free throws. In addition to that, the Nets, who are one of the NBA’s worst rebounding teams, pummeled the Knicks on the glass and finished the night plus-16 on the backboards — 50-34.
Derrick Rose and O’Quinn were the best options for New York who was without Kristaps Porzingis because of a thigh issue. The two combined for 45 points with O’Quinn leading the team with 23. Unfortunately, it’s tough for the Knicks to win if he’s their leading scorer. O’Quinn’s a solid player, but Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee and the other creators need to be better. Especially for a team who’s, apparently, still trying to make the playoffs.
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