The last time the Knicks defeated Kristaps Porzingis and Mavericks, the consequences were ugly.
Forty-eight hours after their dizzying triumph on November 8 in Dallas, the Knicks were hammered in the backyard by the Cavaliers.
The result was so dreadful that owner James Dolan poured petrol into the fire by hosting a post-match press conference with President Steve Mills and General Manager Scott Perry, which put Knicks coach David Fizdale on alert for yet another triumph over Porzingis Fizdale said to his players late Thursday in the garden that they should quickly erase the image of the 7-foot-3 Latvians and think about the hornets.
"My message to the team After the game, you have about 45 minutes to enjoy this game," said Fizdale in training at Tarrytown on Friday. "And then you have to move on to the next game, good or bad, I think we need to get to the place where we really lock ourselves in the next team."
Those are the less than impressive Hornets (4). 7) visiting the Garden Saturday night Fizdale should have jacked his knicks (3-9) so as not to interfere with Dolan's mood The owner was as brisk as never before on Thursday when he beat Porzingis 2-0 against his former Team Watched Within a Week.
"It's still early, but I hope they've already been hurt enough to do so understand that you can not live in the past and we really need to get into the next game, "said Fizdale," this is an opportunity to learn the same kind of scenario in which it is an emotional victory, and now you have to go back kkehr and do it again. "
The Knicks were beaten on Sunday by the dying cavaliers. A truly shocking performance that stunned team management. Fizdale tried to put forward theories about how it happened.
He remains with the players who feel a strong pressure to satisfy the rabid fanbase that has been trampled on for nearly 18 seasons.
"Not me, I think it was complacency," said Fizdale. "I really felt that this team is trying to do so well for the city. Your intentions are right. They try to carry the weight of the city on their shoulders. I just told them that you can not do that. I said it's an impossible task. You need to focus on who is in the locker room around you, and stand up for the people in the locker room, and the city will appreciate this kind of effort.
The Knicks' seven new signers may feel the burden of After the disappointment of the free hand, Fizdale had proved that their addition was good. It's so much that they try to put themselves on their shoulders. It's unfair for them to try that. Even to the point where I talk about the games, you can not party the next day. "
The point guard Frank Ntilikina understood the message.
"We have won great here," he said. "This is the next level for our team building on this win and the way we played tonight." I think we played great basketball. We need to think about how we played [Thursday] and just bring it and not step back to the next game.
RJ Barrett did not train because of quad bruising, but is expected to play. 19659018]