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Evan Fournier cri 21 octobre 2021

when the Knicks were favorites for the title

Off-peak times oblige, TrashTalk has taken the habit each summer of making you relive with emotion the greatest moments of the past season. Except in 2021, because in the summer of 2021 know that the editorial team came very close to surrendering, but that’s another story. So we go back to the good old formula, we take a few steps back a few months, and we remember that this 2021-22 season was crazy, from the first day to the last.

The stats of this match at the end of which the Knicks thought they were playing the title are right here

October 21 in the early morning. The day before, the Bucks of Giannis Antetokounmpo had started their reconquest of the ring by hitting the Nets of Kevin Durant and the Warriors had won the first game of a winning season by dismissing the Lakers, and we did not know it yet but these two games were therefore a fair enough teaser of the months that followed. The next day then? Eleven games, the first REAL night of the season, LaMelo Ball, Zach LaVine, Domantas Sabonis, Ja Morant and… Harrison Barnes who are already familiar with the stars, and therefore this clash, this clash at Madison Square Garden between one of the darlings of the previous season – the Knicks – and a franchise mythical and constantly among the contenders, the Boston Celtics. Perfect poster to start a season between two East Coast institutions with a duo of young stars in Boston, a reigning MIP on the side of the Knicks and, French candy, the debut of Evan Fournier in his new New York jersey.

The scene is set and it is wonderful, the piece played will be even more so

Kemba Walker, Evan Fournier, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, Mitchell Robinson. Derrick Rose on the bench, Spike Lee and a white-hot Madison Square Garden after the air conditioning installed a few months earlier by Trae Young and his clique. Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Grant and Robert Williams, rookie coach Ime Udoka and Dennis Schroeder on the bench. The poster is beautiful and the first quarter is crazy, especially for a Jaylen Brown barely out of COVID quarantine and who sticks twenty points from the first ten minutes. Who is the Celtics franchise player then? We’ll see. The match is crazy, it is both defensively and offensively committed, it’s possible, and the Team Hasty Conclusions knows it: this classic stinks of the future conference final, lol.

The rest of the 58 minutes of this match will then be pure madness. Mitchell Robinson and Robert Williams pass the ball under each other and both drop a mammoth match, Julius Randle turned his MIP mode into MV modeP, Jayson Tatum apparently sent himself a few pitchers of rosé before the game but Jaylen Brown does the job for two, and at the end of the game it’s finally… Marcus Smart who calms MSG by equalizing at the buzzer while the locals had counted up to eleven pawns in advance in the last quarter.

The Madison calmed down? My eye

My eye, because the beginning of the overtime will very quickly turn into the psychedelic. Eight consecutive parking lot baskets for both teams, EIGHT, FOUR AND FOUR, including three for Evan Fournier alone who will end his first game with a career high of 32 points on the record. Charenton is officially paired with New York City, and New York City will finally explode at the end of the night since it is finally the Knicks who will win after two overtimes, giving rise to legendary scenes of jubilation in front of the hall and which taste even more delicious when you know what will ultimately happen throughout the season. Best NBA video of 2021? Best short video of 2021.

For the Celtics, a pretty crazy start despite the defeat, and a duo Jaylen Brown (46 points, career record) / Robert Williams III (almost in five by five the guy) who is already giving the C’s Nation sweats. For the Knicks? Obi Toppin will soon be the franchise player in town, Julius Randle is definitely transformed, RJ Barrett is one of the best defenders in the League and deserves a max contract while Evan Fournier will probably be All-Star in February. An absolutely lasting memory on and off the pitch, because in New York there is ALWAYS something going on.



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