New York’s NBA squads go 0-2.
Welcome to the Morning Shootaround!
Wednesday night wasn’t good for our hoops teams. Both lost, the Knicks in Miami and the Nets at home to the Nuggets.
But there were a few impressive performances, perhaps the best of the week coming from… Chiefs fans.
What we’re watching tonight:
- NHL: Rangers @ Blue Jackets — 7 PM ET
- NHL: Devils @ Lightning — 7 PM ET
- NHL: Kings @ Islanders — 7 PM ET
- NBA: Lakers @ Sixers — 7:30 PM ET
On the second anniversary of the tragic helicopter crash that took the lives of nine people including Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, a statue of the two Bryants was placed at the site of the crash.
The statue includes the names of the seven other victims of the crash and will only be in that location temporarily. What a stunning tribute!
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Hank and Jimmy
Did you catch Rangers legend Henrik Lundqvist on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night? He was amazing — as always.
And the fit? Hank is still the best dressed in the game. There is no denying it.
— x – New York Rangers (@NYRangers) January 27, 2022
Feelin’ the Heat for real
The Knicks took their talents to South Beach and… took the L. The Heat won 110-96.
Obi Toppin was the best on the floor for the Knicks, scoring 18 with five boards off the bench.
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) January 27, 2022
The plus-minus for some of the key players on the Knicks’ roster were gross:
- RJ Barrett: -36
- Julius Randle: -34
- Kemba Walker: -30
- Evan Fournier: -27
Oh for the Big 3
James Harden joined Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving out of the Nets’ lineup on Wednesday night, which was predictably a recipe for disaster. Denver came into Brooklyn and left with a 124-118 win.
Cam Thomas, Brooklyn’s first-round pick in the 2021 draft, scored a career-high 25 points in the loss.
🔥 CAM 🔥 pic.twitter.com/rdKOkVnXq7
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) January 27, 2022
They scored how many?
The Charlotte Hornets went off on Wednesday night. LaMelo Ball recorded his fourth triple-double with 29 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists. Ball was +45 in the game!
They hit 24 three-pointers and scored a franchise record 158 to beat the Pacers in Indy.
— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) January 27, 2022
Mara backs Jones
In a rare moment of transparency, Giants president John Mara spoke to the media about a wide range of topics on Wednesday. He was clear that the Giants want nothing to do with Deshaun Watson and went on to admit that the organization has failed in developing Daniel Jones.
Giants’ president John Mara on QB Daniel Jones: pic.twitter.com/FQSvSVkJI8
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 26, 2022
After they broke the hearts of Josh Allen, the Bills and their fans, the Chiefs celebrated. Their fans took a page out of the Bills Mafia playbook and started donating in $13 increments — in honor of the Chiefs’ 13-second drive.
Suggesting all Chiefs fans donate $13 to Josh Allen’s foundation to commemorate the drive that tied the game with just 13 seconds left and the best playoff game in Chiefs history
Donate here: https://t.co/X6McN7SB59
— Chiefs Kingdom Memes (@ChiefsMMZ) January 25, 2022
According to the Buffalo News, as of late Wednesday night than $285,000 had been donated to the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo by more than 14,400 Chiefs fans.
Much respect, Chiefs Nation!