Kevin Knox's season took a bad turn on the Saturday in the garden when the cursed franchise had to deal with more spoiled luck.
Knox, the freshman, was fouled by two teammates and a coach after he was fouled on a quick break and rolled his left ankle late in the first quarter of the Knicks rough, razor-sharp 103-101, last second loss to the mighty Celtics in the garden.
Knox writhed in agony on the field after Terry Rozier jostled him at 1:45, and he could not burden it when he got up.
When the garden came to a standstill, 19-year-old Knox was taken directly to the locker room, but worst-case scenario fears were alleviated when x-rays showed a left ankle sprain and no fracture.
The injury sparked the club's game as the Knicks rallied from an 1
Tim Hardaway Jr. (24 points) joined two straight 3-pointers to bring the Knicks into a 89-89 tie with the Celtics at 4:12 to go. He waved his right arm to celebrate when coach Brad Stevens called the time-out.
Kyrie Irving, a freelancer from 2019 in West Orange, New Jersey, then went to work and helped the next seven points. He hit two free throws, then fed a nice bounce pass for Al Horford for a layup and a 93-89 lead with 3:20 left. Irving (16 points) followed him with a breathtaking crossover ride past Noah Vonleh for a layup and was fouled.
After Lance Thomas hit a 3 to finish within 99-98 with 50 seconds, Jayson Tatum highlighted his 24-point night by drilling a 15-foot moment after missing a Dunk and his own rebound. This put the Celtics 22 seconds ahead of 101-98, and they stayed tuned, with Tatum's two free throws icy all but 7.9 seconds.
Knox was compared to Tatum before the NBA draft by Kentucky coach John Calipari.
The Battle of Knicks (1-2) at a loss for the Celtics was still secondary to gauge the severity of Knox's ankle sprain and timetable. Moderate ankle sprains can last only 1-2 weeks. It was unclear whether he needed an MRI scan to check his ligaments.
Knox, who played a 17-point game in Brooklyn, played the third game of his career. Its development is considered crucial in the 2018/19 season.
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Knicks man Damney Dotson's second year, who did not play in the opening two competitions, checked in for Knox. The Celtics were allowed to pick the free-throw shooter in the absence of Knox, bringing rookie center Mitchell Robinson, who made 1-of-2 to the deficit to reduce to 10 points, 28-18.
The Celtics ru look to Gordon Hayward, who broke his left ankle a year ago on the Boston debut. Boston was careful, Hayward played a second game in two nights.
The garden was a house of horror for Knox. In his previous four garden games, including three in the preseason, he had just shot 13 out of 50. In Kentucky, he played as a freshman a game in the garden against Monmouth and shot 1: 9.
On Saturday, the 19-year-old came home with 5:46 in the first quarter and missed his only attempt from the right elbow. He had a point and made one of two free throws as he left.
The Knicks fell behind 26-10 after 8 minutes when Irving put on an early show. Before the game, Fizdale said Irving was "a guy I would pay." Irving got mixed ovation during the intro intros, with a few boobs mixed in the loud cheers.
Dotson's appearance gave the club a comeback boost. Dotson lost two 3-pointers late in the second quarter, squeezing eight points at halftime.