The result of yesterday’s game between the Knicks and Grizzlies was overshadowed by a brawl that broke out at the end of the game.
The Knicks once again lost on Wednesday, this time to the Memphis Grizzlies. However, the biggest takeaway from this game was not the final score, but the way that the game ended.
As the game was winding down, New York’s Elfrid Payton shoved the Grizzlies’ Jae Crowder. The confrontation came about after Crowder attempted and missed a wide-open three pointer with 48 seconds left in the game with the Grizzlies ahead by 18 points. Payton responded to the failed three pointer by shoving Crowder into a row of court-side seats. What ensued was a bench-clearing brawl by both teams and coaching staffs. In the end, both Crowder and Marcus Morris Sr. were ejected from the game. Elfrid Payton was also ejected from the game after being assessed a flagrant two foul.
Marcus Morris Sr. had some surprising comments after the game for Crowder.
Morris Sr. said, “I think the dude (Crowder) plays the game a different way. He’s got a lot of female tendencies on the court… Flapping and throwing his head back the entire game. This is a man’s game and you just get tired of it.”
A short time afterwards, he apologized for the comments he made by going to Twitter, saying, “I apologize for using the term ‘female tendencies… I have the upmost respect for women and everything they mean to us. It was a Heat of the moment response and I never intended for any Women to feel as though in anyway I’m disrespecting them. Again I apologize for my comments.”
In an interview after the game, Elfrid Payton said that he would do everything the exact same way. He was quoted as saying, “That shot was disrespectful… I’m standing on that. I’d a did it again. Doesn’t matter who took that shot. Don’t disrespect the game like that.”
Memphis’ head coach, Taylor Jenkins, said that the referees did a good job of not allowing things to escalate any further. “Obviously it can be whole lot worse, but a lot of credit to (the referees), Josh (Tiven) and Ray (Acosta) and Ashley (Moyer-Gleich) for handling that really well…”
New York’s head coach Mike Miller, admitted that the team lost its composure in the moment and that the team needed to do a better job of handling themselves in those situations going forward.
The Grizzlies ended up winning the game 127-106, dropping the Knicks to a record of 13-36 on the season. The NBA has not yet announced any suspensions due to the fight.