MJPHIS – Emmanuel Mudiay made sure Knicks coach David Fizdale
Mudiay, the red-hot starting point guard, took a pass from Trey Burke and Garrett Temple and Threw down a monstrous one-handed dunk. Enes Kanter says he does not remember Mudiay having those hops in practice to punish the rim with such force.
He's in a 3-point play with 1:35 left and clinched the 103-98 victory over the Grizzlies at FedEx Forum, allowing Fizdale to gain revenge over the franchise that fired him one year ago.
"It was ferocious, it was the stamp on it," 'Fizdale glowed afterward the Knicks third straight win. "The exclamation point. He wanted to bring home so bad. It's a big-time basketball play. "
Back in May, Mudiay in the audience for Fizdale's introductory press conference. Fizdale has made good on his campaign promise.
Mudiay made the Knicks home in Friday's victory over the Pelicans with a 1
"I saw him sizing up," Mudiay said of Temple. "When Trey gave me a good pass I just jumped and the rest just happened. I was in there with a dunking mentality. "
His whole mentality has changed since being named a starter in Oklahoma City on Nov. 14. He has more than two weeks to start the season with a sprained ankle and it looked like it
Mudiay, who finished with 17 points Sunday, has averaged 15.1 points on 54 percent shooting in his seven straight starts. He looks freer, faster, more in control and finally a 3-point threat.
"He has my total confidence," Fizdale said. "A big part of his deal, can I rebuild that? It was not a lot of stuff he had a little bit but it was his spirit. I'm proud of the way it's leading the first group. ''