Kristaps Porzingis was brutally honest about the New York Knicks after they blew a late lead against the Atlanta Hawks.
Video of Kristaps Porzingis answering reporters’ questions after the Knicks’ loss to Atlanta: “We just didn’t finish it. We don’t know how to win yet.” pic.twitter.com/Y2UFzhkNf8
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) February 5, 2018
“I can’t even process that we lost. I can’t believe it. It was our game. It was 100 percent our game. Stuff happened quick and boom, it was over,” Porzingis told reporters, including Ian Begley of ESPN. “We’re just not there yet as a team. We keep losing these games. We don’t know how to finish games.we don’t know how to win games at the end.”
The Hawks went on a 12-3 run in the final two minutes. They had two three-pointers from Mike Muscala and Kent Bazemore in the final minute. The Knicks went from a four-point lead with one minute left to a one-point deficit with eight seconds on the clock.
Porzingis had 22 points, eight rebounds, five blocks, and four steals in the loss. The Knicks have now lost three straight and 10 of their last 14 games. Coach Jeff Hornacek called Sunday’s loss a tough loss, while Courtney Lee called it embarrassing.
“I would say it was the most embarrassing game that we lost, being in the situation where a lot of the situations there was time to score, and we just didn’t capitalize on opportunities,” Lee told Begley. “We were in position to win this game and I think we just checked out and lost focus on a couple of plays, and it cost us.”
The Knicks are now 23-31 and are four games behind the Philadelphia 76ers for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Until they figure out how to finish, the playoffs figure to remain nothing more than a dream.