If you’re a Knicks fan, you may want to sit down before you read this. If you’re a Lakers fan, this confirms that there are silver linings in every cloud.
The Lakers’ 127-96 rout is bad enough for the Knicks, who need every single win they can muster just to get into the playoffs and certainly shouldn’t be dropping two in a row to the Cavs and the “bad” L.A. team. But the real story is the third quarter of this game, when the Lakers scored 51 points.
Here’s what that looks like in a shot chart (via NBA.com):
And here’s what that looks like in a box score:
And this is basically the only thing that went wrong for the Lakers that entire quarter (also known as — this is how close the Lakers were to scoring 54 points in 12 minutes):
Some teams don’t score that much in an entire half. Some teams don’t muster much more than that in an entire game. To be fair, the Lakers shot the lights out (over 73 percent from the field) but for obvious reasons this was a franchise record for both teams in terms of points scored and allowed in a single quarter.
Oh, and did I mention the Lakers did all this without Pau Gasol, Steve Nash or Kobe Bryant?
Anyone here still think the Knicks are good enough for the playoffs?