Jalen Brunson was unable to assist the New York Knicks win their second consecutive game without feeling disappointed in himself.
In the final 10 seconds of their 127-123 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday, Brunson missed two consecutive jumpers. With 9.8 seconds left, he attempted a pullup jump shot that would have given them the lead (125-124) but failed. Brunson had the chance to make up for his error and force OT, but instead, his floater bounced off the rim, making the situation worse.
Brunson was obviously upset with himself after the match for his failures. He acknowledged that it is especially upsetting that he failed to live up to the expectations of his Knicks teammates.
“I have a lot of faith in my teammates and coaches, and they have welcomed me with open arms. When I fail to save them, that hurts. That stings,” the playmaker, 26, said.
This 2022–23 season, Jalen Brunson has been fantastic for the ‘Bockers. He kept the game tight against the Grizzlies on Sunday alone with 30 points and nine assists. He now holds the third-most 30-point games among Knicks guards since 2000, despite having played in just 20 games for the New York team thus far.
But in their last two games, he consistently failed to make the crucial shot. He also missed a possible game-winning shot with 0.0 seconds left in their Friday game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
It’s obvious that the Knicks will let Brunson take the final shot. Let’s hope he eventually hits the game-winning shot to dispel the worries that have been plaguing him lately.