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Knicks-Hawks Game 2 Preview

Julius Randle and the Knicks try to hold off Walmart Steph Curry and the Hawks in what is anticipated to be a chippy and impassioned matchup in the Garden tonight.

The Knicks fell short in game 1 as Trae Young sunk a floater with 0.9 seconds left on the clock to put the Hawks up 107-105. Young proceeded to go after the vocal MSG crowd after that shushing them with his finger to his lips saying “IT GOT REAL QUIET IN HERE” nice Trae. Real nice. You are the human embodiment of a lollipop dropped on the carpet. Real bold move of him to try and silence the MSG faithful after only game 1. I really expect things to get gruesome tonight. New York fans haven’t been allowed into arenas for months and you just know they’re chomping at the bit to verbally abuse someone, and that’s just on a normal night! Now coming into Game 2 down a game after being chirped by this prick and having him question their impact I expect nothing less for Knicks fans to come out in full on attack mode. We all heard it on the TV Sunday afternoon, MSG was ROCKING. The people were amped there’s no question about it and that was before Young decided to open his trap.

This game is going to be must watch. The build up and back and forth is proof that the sports world and New York sports are going back to normal.

Officials are saying The Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, has for the first time in his term decided to start a project on time! The Mental Warfare and public mockery of Trae Young! Today he put out a statement “This is very serious, want to get this message to Trae Young on behalf of the people for New York City and anybody that cares about playing basketball the right way: Stop hunting for fouls, Trae,” de Blasio said. This might be the best thing he’s done since taking office. Mr. Mayor does have a point here however, Young, as he always does was playing absurdly soft, looking for fouls at the slightest bit of contact just so he could get to the free throw line.

Derrick Rose also wanted to chime in prior to Game 2 tonight saying “That’s basketball. The league got so soft, That’s basketball. He came in, he played a great game. And the crowd is supposed to do that. It’s supposed to be that way. And it’s supposed to amp up and bring the atmosphere to where it is right now. That’s what I’m used to. I’ve been in series where drinks were thrown at a parent, people’s moms. You on the court and you see a beer splashed on your (family) — that’s the environment I’m used to. … Now it’s a little different. That’s all part of the game. When you got both sides fighting and you’ve worked your butt off all year. Summer time when nobody is watching you’re at the gym, working on your game and seeing the results of it. Not only in the regular season but in the playoffs. And you want to talk s–t, talk s–t. But the next game it’s going to be tougher. The environment is going to create a great atmosphere for great basketball.”

If that doesn’t get you ready to run through a wall as a Knicks fan I don’t know what will. Rose just big leagued the fuck out of Trae Young saying if he’s gonna talk shit he better back it up. I’d do terrible things to watch D Rose clampYoung in MSG tonight.

If the Knicks want to get back to their ways they’re gonna have to rely on what got them there. Julius Randle needs to prove himself tonight and show up the same way he did all year unlike game 1. They also have to rely on their shooters like Alec Burks. The key however as we all know is to stop Trae Young. I really expect it to happen. They need to start Derrick Rose he’s a veteran with plenty of playoff experience and if he’s gonna tell Trae Young to back it up he better do it himself too. The fans are going to be ruthless again and show everyone why they’re so feared. This is the underdog, reject, misfit toy Knicks team we’ve all learned to come behind this season and for someone to not even go after the team but their fans, probably the most valuable thing the Knicks franchise has to offer is flat out unacceptable. Tonight we start the demise of Trae Young.

Final predictions: Knicks 114 Hawks 103

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