Monty Williams criticizes Donte DiVincenzo’s performance after Knicks PG sets franchise record to defeat Pistons

Donte DiVincenzo stole the show on Monday night with his record-breaking display against the Detroit Pistons. In O.G. Anunoby’s absence, someone had to step up and DiVincenzo took that upon himself. While everyone in New York is celebrating a franchise record thanks to the 27-year-old, one man has anything but embraced the sinking feeling in the Pistons camp.

The man in question is Pistons HC, Monty Williams, who has a history of grabbing the headlines after a Knicks game. Monty remained defiant in defeat, discrediting DiVincenzo’s special night with some hard-hitting comments during the post-match presser.

Monty Williams unimpressed with Donte DiVincenzo’s brilliant display

Speaking in the post-match press conference, Monty Williams showed some bitterness towards the victors, especially, Donte DiVincenzo.

“I don’t care about their team at all, I couldn’t care less. Those guys, the way they got those threes. I don’t want to be a part of that story,” said a furious Monty Williams. While Monty’s fury was reasonable given the horrid season the Pistons are going through, Knicks’ Josh Hart pointed out a massive flaw in the Detroit HC’s comments.

When asked about the statement of the deflated coach, Josh Hart clapped back at the Pistons HC. Hart, who has a special connection with his former Villanova teammates, defended the former Bucks forward by saying, “If he didn’t wanna be part of the story, he should’ve told his guys to defend better.” Putting some sense in the context of the Knicks’ play, Hart added, “I don’t know what else to say. We got a guy that’s hot, we’re gonna try to find the guy that’s hot. That’s common sense basketball.”

Taking a hint from the 29-year-old’s reasoning for DiVincenzo’s play on the night, it was quite evident that they did find the guy who was in a scorching form.

Donte DiVincenzo sets new 3-point record at Knicks

On Monday night, Donte DiVincenzo lit up the Maddison Square Garden with a clinic in 3-point shooting. The forward notched up a career-high 40 points in the process with eleven 3-pointers. This is also a new franchise record previously held by Evan Fournier and J.R. Smith.

Apart from his sharpshooting game, DiVincenzo also grabbed 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Accompanying him were his aforementioned defendant, Josh Hart, who recorded a triple-double, and Jalen Brunson with 28 points in the 124-99 mauling of the Pistons.

After the game, DiVincenzo gracefully responded to the Pistons HC’s criticism, “All I can say is I have the utmost respect for them, and if they felt that way, that’s a conversation to be had off camera.”

With 11 regular season games remaining for the NY franchise, the 2021 NBA Champion is only eight 3-pointers away from Fournier’s single-season record of 241 in Knicks colors. On Wednesday, DiVincenzo will have a golden opportunity to break that record when the Knicks play against the Toronto Raptors.

Shalini Ray

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Shalini is a passionate NBA follower who got hooked to the game thanks to Stephen Curry's sharpshooting show. While indulging in the sport of basketball solely within the confines of the school court, she keeps herself as close as possible to the game through all the latest happenings in the world of NBA.


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