The last time the Knicks defeated Kristaps Porzingis and the Mavericks, the consequences were ugly.
Forty-eight hours after their tumultuous triumph on November 8 in Dallas, the Knicks were hit by the Cavaliers in the garden.
The result was so ominous, owner James Dolan poured gasoline on a brush, with President Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry organizing a press conference after the game that put Knicks coach David Fizdale on standby.
So when the Knicks gathered in the locker room at the end of Thursday to celebrate yet another triumph over Porisis, this time in the Garden, Fizdale told his players to quickly erase the image of a 7-foot-3 Latvian and think about the hornets.
"My message to the postgame team is that you have about 45 minutes to enjoy this one," Fizdale said of Friday's practice at Tarrytown. "And then you have to move on to the next game. Whether it's good or bad, I think we need to get to the place where we really lock ourselves into the next team. & # 39;
That would be less than the impressive Hornets (4-7) who visit the Garden Saturday night. Fizdale's got to have the Knicks (3-9) in order not to spoil Dolan's mood. The owner was as lively, Thursday as ever, o watches Porzingis go 0-2 against his former team within a week.
"It's still early, but I hope they've had enough pain already that they understand that you can't live in the past and really need to get into the next game, "Fizdale said." It's an opportunity to learn and move from the same type a scenario where it's an emotional victory and now you have to go back and do it again. "
The Knicks were redirected by the Cavaliers to the dying on Sunday – a truly shocking performance that disrupted team management. Fizdale tried to come up with theories about how it happened.
He clings to players who are under intense pressure to satisfy the fierce fan base that has been blown away for most of 18 seasons.
I think it's complacency, "Fizdale said." I really felt like this team was just trying to do so well for the city. Their intentions are right. They are trying to carry the burden of the city on their shoulders. I said you couldn't do it. I said it was an impossible task. You have to focus on who is around you in the dressing room and make an effort for the people in the dressing room and the city will appreciate this kind of effort. "
new Knicks signers can feel the weight of proving their additions with good after the disappointment of free agency.
Fizdale refers to it as "all this noise – the combination of free agency and what we have and play at MSG, trying to redeem in years past. It's so much that they try to "It's not fair for them to try to do that. Even until the moment I talk about matches, you can't celebrate the next day. & # 39; & # 39;
Guardian Frank Ntilikina received the message.
"We won a great win here," I said. "This is the next level for our team to build on that win and the way we played tonight. I think we played great basketball. We have to think about how we played [Thursday] and just bring it in and not take a step back in the next game. & # 39; & # 39;
RJ Barrett does not practice due to a quad injury but is expected to play.