New York Knicks’ Enes Kanter stated that it doesn’t matter if he puts up those numbers every night, if his side doesn’t make the playoffs, it means nothing.
Kanter joined an exclusive group alongside Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell and Bob Lanier as the only players to have 30 points and 20 rebounds on Christmas Day – but it wasn’t enough to prevent an agonising 105-98 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Kanter had 31 points and 22 rebounds in the loss.
“It’s always a good thing but, I mean, people are texting my phone and saying congrats and whatever, I’m probably not going to text most of them back because who cares if I get 50 points, 50 rebounds,” Kanter said to ESPN post-game.
“The state, the whole New York State, they want to see the playoffs… If my numbers aren’t gonna put us in the playoffs, it don’t mean anything.”
Kristaps Porzingis shook off his recent off-night by scoring 22 points and adding seven rebounds but the Sixers finally put their losing streak to the sword at five games thanks to a 26-point, 16-rebound showing from Joel Embiid.