New york Knicks is undoubtedly the most surprising team in the East this season, not even one! The Knicks, led by brunson, Randall and Barrett, won 47-35 in the regular season and lost to the fifth place in the East. One year later, they entered the Eastern Conference playoffs. Their opponent in the first round was the same young Cleveland Cavaliers. The last time the team entered the playoffs was back when LeBron James was a Cavaliers player in 2017-18, and it was five years before they could return to the playoffs.
Therefore, from the playoff experience of both sides, the Knicks are an absolute advantage. Newly-joined Jay brunson has fully proved his strength in last season’s playoff, not only helping the lone ranger to reach the playoff, but also helping Dancsics to reach the Western Conference finals. After he left this season, the lone ranger didn’t even have a chance to enter the playoffs directly, which shows how much influence it has on the lone ranger! Moreover, Randall, Barrett and Derek Ross are all fighting in the playoffs and have some experience in the playoffs. But even so, the Knicks are still a team that didn’t get the chance to qualify. The Knicks still firmly believe that the young knights can the legendary swordsman in this round of series!
However, the Knicks, who never believed in evil, directly knocked out their face of belittling people in the G1 war between the two teams. The two teams played four quarters, and finally the Knicks narrowly won 101:97, and the Cavaliers directly got off to a good start. Being able to steal the Cleveland Cavaliers’ home victories and benefits is enough to prove the Knicks’ super fighting power, and even make people feel disapprovingly wild at the Cavaliers’ home. The G-2 Cavaliers woke up from a rude awakening, while drawing lessons from G-1′ s failure, they also defended their home court dignity, so they got up the courage to win the home court defense, defeated the Knicks 107-90, successfully pulled back a city and rewritten the series as 1-1.
G3 moving from home to Knicks is a brand-new attempt for Knicks and Cavaliers, and a brand-new arena and a brand-new atmosphere is a brand-new journey! For the Cavaliers, it is necessary to try to get back the lost home court advantage. It is necessary for the Knicks to maintain the dignity of the home court, overwhelm the visiting Cavaliers with more fierce momentum, and firmly grasp the initiative of the series in their hands! Because they want not only the first round of the playoffs, but also the Eastern Conference semifinals and even the Eastern Conference finals.
After G3 returned to the team, the Knicks really took on a new look. Although the offensive in the first quarter was not smooth and almost made the team dumb, in the second quarter, the two quickly recovered their feelings. When they scored 28 points in a single quarter, they even divided the Cavaliers into 15 points. In this way, they took a double-digit lead in the half-game. The Knicks entered the final showdown with a lead of 17 points in the third quarter at 27:23. Although the Cavaliers fought back, they couldn’t narrow the score. The Knicks finally beat the Cavaliers 99-79 at home and rewrote the big score of the series to 2-1.
Five Knicks scored in double figures, including Randall 11+8+3, Barrett 19+8+3, Hart 13+6+1, and Quikley 11+2+1. The Knicks’ anchor for winning the championship was still Jay brunson, who counted 10 of 18 shots, knocked down 21 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals, and lost +20. Only with him could he win the championship. It was his appearance that made the Knicks invincible!
No one thought that after the game, brunson also achieved the great cause that the Knicks didn’t care about for nearly 33 years! According to ESPN data, Jay brunson became the first person in the history of new york Knicks to get at least 20 points and 5 assists in two consecutive playoff games since Ewing in 1990. G2 brunson scored 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists, G3 scored 21 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists.
In the offseason last year, the Knicks took brunson away from the lone ranger with a big contract of 104 million yuan for four years. At that time, many people also had doubts about the contract of 100 million yuan, thinking that the Knicks had signed a junk contract again. But now it seems that brunson’s contract is not only cost-effective, but even the most far-sighted contract in Knicks’ history is regarded as a fortune. The Knicks’ rapid rise this season is due to the appearance of brunson, which has brought a winning culture to the team. The Knicks have also been liberated from the label of fish maw and become one of the upstarts in the east again. This alone, he is completely worthy of his four-year 104 million. What do you think of this problem?