The Knicks and the Cavs have a little beef brewing, and it smells delicious.
The Knicks (who are better than most people thought) actually handed the Cavs (who are worse than most people thought) an early season loss, beating them 114-95 at the end of October. If that wasn’t enough to stir the pot, there was also the incident when LeBron James criticized the Knicks for drafting Frank Ntilikina instead of Dennis Smith Jr.
It looked like the Knicks were on the verge of scoring another early season victory over Cleveland on Monday night, as they out-played the Cavaliers to the tune of a 23-point lead on their home court of Madison Square Garden. Unfortunately, they seemed to momentarily forget that LeBron James is LeBron James. Don’t worry though, he quickly reminded them.
Cleveland outscored the Knicks 42-25 in the fourth quarter, and LeBron scored or assisted on 29 of those points. The Cavs walked out of MSG with a 104-101 win, with LeBron’s stat line looking mighty impressive: 23 points, 12 assists, nine rebounds, and three blocks. And also this dagger of a three over Kristaps Porzingis:
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But let’s get to the real good stuff. LeBron has brief physical dust-ups with both Ntilikina and Enes Kanter. After the game, Kanter continued to talk a bunch of smack.
“Don’t come into my house playing that water bottle flip game again. I don’t care who you are, king— whatever you call yourself, king, queen, princess—whatever you are, you know what, we gonna fight. And nobody out there gonna punk us,” he said. “He’s trying to mess with a rookie. If you’re gonna mess with someone, mess with a grown man.”
Enes Kanter to LeBron "He can call himself King, Queen, Princess, whatever, he's not going to punk us…He's going at a rookie how about he go at a grown man"…LeBron responds pic.twitter.com/BFJHZarY51
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James kept it brief and to the point when he was told about Kanter’s comments.
King stay the King. pic.twitter.com/h0UuFwRWvI
— Taco Trey Kerby (@treykerby) November 14, 2017
“I’m the king, my wife’s the queen, and my daughter is the princess, so we got all three covered.”
LeBron punked the Knicks.