The Knicks were 1-229 when trailing by at least 25 over the past 25 seasons — until RJ Barrett hit a buzzer-beater in Thursday’s thrilling 108-105 victory over the Celtics.
It was certainly cause for celebration, but after a night of scattered booing from the MSG faithful amid some giant deficits, Julius Randle wasn’t having it — and gave the crowd a thumbs-down.
Like his Mets counterpart Javier Baez last summer, Randle symbolizes a New York team that seemingly can’t handle the pressure of high expectations —and coming off last season’s 4-seed, they’ve been the highest the Knicks (19-20) have seen in a long time.
Currently in 10th place, Randle and co. have to consider whether the criticism isn’t warranted.
In the offseason, Randle became the highest-paid Knick after signing a four-year, $117 million extension. If he wants Knicks fans to stop booing, he’ll need to be the on-court leader he was last year.
It won’t get any easier — the Knicks have the second-toughest remaining schedule in the NBA.