Marcus Morris: “I’m not gonna go out and say we’re going to make the playoffs, but sh*t, that’s what we’re fighting towards. If we continue to play like this and pull together, we have a great shot to do it.”
New York Knicks journeyman forward Marcus Morris Sr. raised eyebrows across the NBA after the Knicks blowout victory over the last place Atlanta Hawks.
Despite being 14 games under .500 and putting up a strong case for the least talented team in the NBA, Morris said the team has a ‘great shot’ to make the playoffs if they ‘continue to play like this’. The comments came after New York's 143-120 victory over the Atlanta Hawks, Tuesday, which marked their third victory in the last four games.
Morris currently leads New York in scoring at a career-high 18.8 points per game, but the comments were laughably absurd given how historically dreadful the team has been two months into the season.
The Knicks are last in the league in scoring, last in field goal percentage, last in free throw percentage, and have the fourth worst point differential during a season in which they’ve suffered colossal losses by 18, 20, 21, 23 twice, 28 twice, 37, and even 50.
Their unprecedented 50-point loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on December 2nd was the second worst loss in franchise history. The very next game was when they lost to the Denver Nuggets by 37, with head coach David Fizdale being fired hours later.
The Knicks 7-21 record puts them 5.5 games back of the Orlando Magic for the no. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference.