Everything seemed to be coming together for the Knicks. They’d won five in a row, including a signature win against the Heat. They came into Charlotte with Tyson Chandler making his return in the middle. The W was considered a given but Jefferson had other plans.
Brought in to give the Bobcats a scoring presence in the post, he’d struggled and underwhelmed a bit so far this season. Partly due to a lingering ankle problem.
So he switched it up. Realizing that jumping of two feet would give him more of the lift he needed, he went to work. A season high 35 points, abusing any defender the Knicks threw at him with pump fakes, half hooks, moves and counter moves. It was a clinic. And one we should specially appreciate because skilled post up big men are a rare breed in today’s league of breed of face-up, roll-to-the-rim bigs.
It felt like a player from the 1980′s had been mysteriously teleported into the future to school these new cats on what playing down low is all about. It felt like a movie, one that Bobcats fans had been waiting for eagerly all season long.