At the risk of stating the obvious, it’s been another rough season for the New York Knicks. After getting off to a brutal start early in the season, they compounded issues by creating all sorts of internal turmoil that led to the firing of head coach David Fizdale and sending morale plummeting to a new low.
And despite boasting an intriguing collection of young talent, they haven’t shown much progress in their development as the losses just keep piling up. Each new loss brings a new level of frustration, and they allowed things to boil over on Wednesday night late in a blowout loss against the Grizzlies.
With under a minute to play and Memphis holding a commanding lead, Elfrid Payton lost his cool and took a dangerous foul on Jae Crowder after a steal as he went up for a three, shoving him into the courtside seats and sparking a melee that ended in both of their ejections, along with several others.
Wow. Hard foul by Elfrid Payton and he wants Jae Crowder to find him after the game.. pic.twitter.com/1A4NR177uq
— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) January 30, 2020
It was an ignominious end to game that was already decided, and it’s likely the league will take a closer look at the ensuing fracas to determine whether further suspensions and/or fines could be in order. When the dust had settled, the Grizzlies got the 127-106 win on the road, but not before emotions added plenty of extra drama to the proceedings.