Woeful Knicks beat woeful Sixers at less-than-electric MSG

By on April 6, 2015

first career double-double. The Knicks also had a season-best 14 blocks.

Once criticized for his durability, Bargnani has been playing the last few games while coping with a sprained left thumb, according to a source.

In a season with little to play for, Bargnani has tried to put questions about his toughness to bed while also impressing the Knicks.

“I always try to be aggressive,” he said afterward, keeping the injury to himself. “They passed me the ball at the right time and I was able to hit some shots.”

Bargnani will be a free agent this summer and is in the final year of a contract that will pay him $ 11.5 million this season.

Fisher was asked about Bargnani’s uncertain future.

“I think the way he’s finishing this season is not only showing us but showing other teams as well that he’s a very capable player,” Fisher said. “And I think he’s trying to prove that to everyone, including us, and if he’s back that’s great. But if not, I think he will do great no matter what the situation is.”

While both teams have been assembled for the draft lottery next month, Fisher and Brown have distanced themselves from talk of tanking.

“When you watch both teams play it doesn’t appear that either coach or either team is trying to lose,” Fisher said.

If the Knicks finish with the league’s worst record, they will have a 25% chance of winning the draft lottery next month and collecting the top pick in June, likely Duke’s Jahlil Okafor or Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns.

Despite winning on Sunday, the Knicks are still an NBA worst 15-62, while the Sixers dropped to 18-60.

Though Fisher and Brown share a job title, they don’t view the NCAA Tournament through the same tank-colored lenses.

While Fisher said he watches the games more as “entertainment,” Brown took the opposite approach.

“Through business eyes,” he said.

Fisher disagreed.

“Nah, I mean, it’s hard to watch college basketball and know that a guy’s going to be able to translate what he’s doing there in the pros,” he said. “I think we have plenty of examples of that. Whenever I do watch it’s more for entertainment and for the love of basketball.”

REBOUNDS: Knicks rookie Cleanthony Early didn’t play on Sunday because of a sprained left ankle sustained in Friday’s loss to Washington. Fisher indicated he may play on Wednesday against Indiana.  


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