'Boomer And Gio': 'Infuriating' Knicks Let One Slip Away In Philadelphia

Boomer and Gio
November 21, 2019 - 9:27 am

The Knicks' loss Wednesday night to the 76ers was both encouraging and infuriating, WFAN's Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti said.

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The Knicks held a 17-point lead late in the third quarter before Philadelphia roared back for the 109-104 victory at the Wells Fargo Center.

On Thursday's "Boomer and Gio" show, Esiason pointed to back-to-back possessions late in the fourth quarter in which the Knicks' Marcus Morris had costly misses. 

With the 76ers leading 96-95, New York's Julius Randle stole the ball and passed to Morris, who was out of control as he drove to the basket before missing. Philadelphia answered with a Mike Scott 3-pointer.

Then Morris missed a jumper, which led to Embiid hitting a 3 to give the Sixers a 102-95 lead with 51 seconds remaining.

"That essentially was like a 35-second Marcus Morris disaster," Esiason said. 

But Boomer saw the positives in taking a championship contender to the wire.

Knicks forward Marcus Morris shoots in front of 76ers guard Ben Simmons on Nov. 20, 2019, at Wells Fargo Center.
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"What have we been saying? Just make it entertaining basketball," he said. "Well, last night was entertaining basketball for the most part until the end."

Giannotti, however, was frustrated the Knicks let this one get away.

"It was still infuriating, though, when they played that well and they were in control of the game (and) they let it slip away in the manner that they did," he said. "I mean, listen, it wasn't a game I expected them to win anyway, so the fact that they gave you at least four quarters of entertaining basketball is fine.

"Maybe they're trending upward. I just hate to see that stuff, especially, too, when you've got them. ... They (the Knicks) can't play any defense, and the offense just went into a complete funk. No ball movement and out-of-control crap."

To listen to the open from Thursday's "Boomer and Gio" show, click on the audio player above.