The New York Knicks weren’t good for a long time.
That was until last year when the team closed out the 2020-21 campaign by winning 16 of 20 games, which included a nine-game winning streak, the longest streak in seven years, and reaching the playoffs for the first time in eight seasons.
While the Hawks got them out of the playoffs pretty quickly (4-1), the fan base was on fire.
With expectations of returning to the NBA playoffs in 2023-22 fueled by a ‘Bing Bong’ rallying cry, the Knicks have been roughly average this season.
Winners of no more than three games in a row and losers of no more than four games in a row, the Knicks are 22-24 and 11th in the Eastern Conference.
Sometimes it’s unclear what kind of team will show up for the Knicks on any given night, but facing a team ten games under .500 would make any fan believe their chances of seeing a winning effort are good.
However, those expectations did not meet reality on Thursday night, when the Pelicans defeated the Knicks at Madison Square Garden 102-91 with few touchdowns. Julius Randle, Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier combined for 15 points. It was an uninspired performance.
The game wasn’t exactly unwatchable. But it wasn’t exactly worth watching either.
That statement could never be truer than watching a Knicks fan ignore the game to watch an episode of ‘The Office’, muted and unsubtitled from his seat at MSG.
Someone is watching “The Office” without sound or subtitles at the Knicks game and I honestly can’t blame them. pic.twitter.com/5fwepNHl5F
— Jeremy Cohen (@TheCohencidence) January 21, 2023
The episode appears to be from season 6, called “Secretary’s Day”.
It’s the one where Oscar circulates a video he made, which dubs Kevin’s voice over footage of Cookie Monster. Michael takes Erin out to lunch and accidentally reveals that Andy used to be engaged to Angela. Then, Erin later throws cake in Andy’s face when he’s singing a song to her in front of everyone – a classic!
Sound and subtitles probably aren’t necessary considering the 57 billion minutes of “The Office” consumed by Netflix users in 2020, according to Variety.
The Pelicans’ win at Madison Square Garden marks the team’s seventh road win this season and the Knicks’ third straight loss at home. New York previously suffered a 112-110 loss to the Timberwolves on Tuesday and a 97-87 loss to the Hornets on Monday, January 17.
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The Knicks will host the Clippers for their next matchup at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night. New York will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak against Los Angeles, which is coming off a 130-128 overtime loss to the Nuggets.
Maybe ‘Scott’s Tots’ will be in the next game.