New York Knicks’ heroes of Game 2: Obi Toppin
For all the talk of how valuable Immanuel Quickley has been for the Knicks this season, it would be the lottery pick Obi Toppin that gave this team exactly what it needed in Game 2: ENERGY
Toppin has had a very inconsistent year with this season and at times we’ve seen his confidence reach an all-time low. Coming out of Dayton as the NCAA Player of the Year in 2020, there were very high expectations that he hasn’t yet lived up to. However, on this night, he gave new life to this offense with his attacking the basket and getting to the line, as well as a 3-ball that hit nothing but net.
While the Knicks made a run and took a four-point lead early in the fourth quarter, Alec Burks would find him for a wide-open alley-oop that sent the Garden crowd in a frenzy. The lead would be pushed to six points and the Knicks never looked back. That jolt of energy helped stabilize the Knicks both offensively and defensively.