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Andrea Bargnani takes a ridiculous shot that could’ve cost Knicks the game (VIDEO)

Dec 18, 2013, 11:31 PM EDT

The Knicks are prone to late-game lapses of judgment this season, and that trend continued on the road near the end of the first overtime session in Milwaukee on Wednesday.

Leading by two points with under 20 seconds remaining after a miss by Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler tapped out the offensive rebound, and it landed in the hands of Andrea Bargnani.

What’s supposed to happen here, obviously, is that Bargnani holds the ball and waits to be intentionally fouled by a defender, or quickly passes it to burn extra seconds before a teammate is similarly fouled to stop the clock.

Instead, for reasons known only to Bargnani and his god, he immediately fired a three-point attempt as soon as he caught the ball, which of course rimmed out and was rebounded by the Bucks. Check out the reaction of the Knicks bench:


Naturally, Milwaukee was able to score on the next possession to send it into a second overtime.

The Knicks ended up winning the game, so this is something that likely will just be laughed at in the following morning’s film session. But the reaction would have been decidedly different had they lost a second straight game due to a mental error like this.

  1. timberwolvesbrisin - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    And Tyson chandler played 35+ minutes and was cramping up and swoops on still kept him in there. He can’t even control his own players as evidenced by the bath mani shot. He has to go.

  2. jolink653 - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    I almost put my foot through the TV when I saw him take the shot. Where’s your head?? How can you not know the game situation? I take no comfort in the win tonight. The worst team in the league took them to double OT; not to mention Brandon Knight lit them up for a career-high 36 points. That’s as depressing a win as I’ve ever seen

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Dec 19, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      Boneheaded plays are contagious.

  3. legend30 - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Like I said yesterday, Knicks style of basketball. Carmelo played 50+ minutes against the Bucks. He’s going to break down in the next couple months, he’s playing way too much minutes each game.

  4. rickyspanish - Dec 19, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    What the hell is going on with Los Knicks? At first I thought it was funny, now I’m just baffled.

  5. 32magicman - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    Im baffled they signed Bargnani and Artest in the off season. Coach can only do the best with what he’s got.

    • bucrightoff - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:21 AM

      Even worse than signing Bargnani? Trading for him, which is what the Knicks did. Thats right, they gave up actual assets for him. Masai is a thief of the highest order.

      But I’m glad Bargnani did this cause that GIF is awesome.

  6. anth34 - Dec 19, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    Bargnani sucks. Always has and always will.

  7. brotherlove2012 - Dec 19, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    What is truly baffling here is the fact that the Knicks accepted Bargnani and his ridiculous contract. These kinds of mental lapses are what makes Bargnani incredibly frustrating to watch. He has some moments and then makes a dumb play to erase it all. He has talent but no work ethic and court awareness, an absolute mess of a player.

  8. kinglorious - Dec 19, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    So thankful that hes outta Toronto.

  9. bougin89 - Dec 19, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Many high school level players are smart enough not to take that shot. What was Bargnani thinking?

  10. cheathamhouse1 - Dec 19, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Teams actually practice for these situations. Maybe the Knick’s could get a translator for AB during these practices :-) Or could it be that his natural reflex to shoot as soon as he gets the ball is heightened when playing with Melo? Only he can tell us. It would be nice to hear his explanation.

  11. shanelsweet - Dec 19, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    “The Knicks ended up winning the game, so this is something that likely will just be laughed at in the following morning’s film session.” If that’s true, then Woodson has truly lost this team and needs to go.

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