He knicks faltered down the stretch in Game 6 against the Heat on Friday night, ending the team’s season in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Miami star Jimmy Butler scored 24 points and added eight rebounds to lead the Heat, who used a series of clutch buckets and big defensive stops late to advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the second straight season.
Stephen A. Smith, ESPN personality, longtime Knicks fan, took to Twitter after the game to express his dissatisfaction with the team’s departure and his desire for a key acquisition in the offseason.
“I needed a few moments,” Smith began. “The season is over. I guess in the end I always knew the New York Knicks would lose. Tom Thibodeau. The team can’t shoot, but you only play Evan Fournier 27 games this season… don’t give him a second of playoff time. Grimes’ airball at the end of the game. Jalen Brunson, spectacular… 41 points. But he’s the only one that showed up!” he exclaimed as he was getting visibly more frustrated.
“RJ Barrett 1 of 10 shots from the field. Actually? Actually? And you have the nerve to be sensitive to criticism? Julius Randle. Julius Randle. Julius Randle… 3 of 14. Once again the playoffs come, once again you retire. Made. Made! It’s time to switch to Julius Randle. It’s time for him to go.”
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— Stephen A. Smith (@stephenasmith) May 13, 2023
As for low season plans? Smith had his eye on one player.
“Desire Damian Lillard. I don’t care what you have to do, I want Damian Lillard,” Smith said before ending the video.
Lillard would be a great acquisition for the Knicks, but it would probably take a lot to get him out of Portland.
After a successful season for the Knicks that put the team on the cusp of a conference finals appearance, there will undoubtedly be some offseason swings around star Jalen Brunson, regardless of whether the Lillard acquisition is in or out. not in the cards.