Spike Lee had seen sufficient. He did not wish to keep and watch Hawks star Trae Younger stomp everywhere in the Knicks’ gravesite.
In Wednesday’s 103-89 win, Younger poured in 36 factors and dished out 9 assists, closing out what had been a heated (however lopsided) sequence between New York and Atlanta. The writing was on the wall within the fourth quarter, because the Knicks merely could not lower down the Hawks’ lead and provides them an actual problem.
So, Spike determined to bail. With somewhat greater than three minutes left on the clock and New York trailing by 16 factors, the Knicks’ greatest superfan walked down the closest Madison Sq. Backyard tunnel.
“Oh, Spike’s leaving early,” TNT play-by-play announcer Marv Albert mentioned.
“Come on, man. That is a fair-weather fan proper there,” mentioned analyst Reggie Miller, who has a, uh, historical past with Lee. “If he is alleged to be the No. 1 supporter of the Knicks, you gotta keep right here and take it like the fellows on the ground. Come on, man.”
It is unclear if Lee returned to his seat, however heading to the car parking zone would have been an excellent name as a result of Younger had one final dagger to throw. As New Yorkers gave their beloved Knicks a standing ovation within the closing seconds, Younger launched yet one more 3-pointer, then took a bow after it splashed by way of the underside of the online.
“I do know the place we’re,” Younger mentioned after the win. “I do know [there are] a bunch of reveals round this metropolis. And I do know what they do when the present is over. So, that is just about what it was.”
Simply vicious. Sorry, Spike. Higher luck subsequent season.