Knicks point guard Emmanuel Mudiay didn’t see much of London on his second trip to Britain. He was laid up with a head cold.
Mudiay saw plenty of net through three quarters Thursday against the Wizards, however, when he made nine of his first 10 shots, further establishing himself as a potential point guard of the future.
But in the end, Mudiay couldn’t make enough big plays in the fourth quarter as the Knicks blew a 12-point lead and lost 101-100. Mudiay finished with 25 points on 11-of-18 shooting with seven rebounds but also had five turnovers.
Afterward, coach David Fizdale said the Knicks don’t have “a closer.” What they have, he explained, is players who take over for parts of a game but not at the finish. He seemed to be referring to Mudiay.
“It happens with spurts with different guys,” Fizdale said. “Then they get so rambunctious about it, they try to will it. And now we’re holding the ball. These are things they have to learn and suffer through.”
Mudiay said he feels he can be the one to pull games out — and has done so this season against Milwaukee and Charlotte.