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Kristaps Porzingis makes Knicks pay for giving up on him

 NBA fans may forget that it was the Knicks that drafted Kristaps Porzingis with the fourth pick in the 2015 draft - and subsequently gave up on him - sending him off to Dallas in a trade. How did that work out?

The final score last night was Celtics 133, Knicks 123 in large part due to a spectacular showing by the Boston backcourt of Derrick White and Jrue Holiday (combined 46P, 9R, 8A, 4S, 3 B, 1TO) - but it was the former (and spurned) Knick who tormented his former team,  scoring at will from everywhere on the court - and opening things up for his comrades.

Kristaps finished with 21 points on 7-of-13 from the field, 3-of-6 on treys and 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Nice work for a player once labeled as a potential "stiff, bust, blown lottery pick" by none other than Adrian Wojnarowski (per Wikipedia):

"He's (Kristaps Porzingis) considered a stiff, a bust, a blown lottery pick until he doesn't become one."

There was little "stiffness" apparent in Porzingis last night. He was damn fluid. It had to be satisfying for "Likable Latvian" for reminding the Knicks that maybe they should have signed him to a rookie extension when they had the chance. The 7'3" C/F changes virtually everything in a positive way when he is on the court with his Celtics teammates. Just a great move by Brad Stevens.


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