Skirmish between Elfrid Payton and Jae Crowder sparks 'Sell the team!' chants at Knicks game

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New York Knicks' Elfrid Payton (6) is restrained during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, in New York. Payton was ejected. The Grizzlies won 127-106. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Elfrid Payton didn't take kindly to Jae Crowder's 3-pointer at the end of a blowout loss. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

It takes a lot to find new low points for the New York Knicks, but a fight at the end of a blowout loss to another rebuilding team might just do it.

The Knicks’ game against the Memphis Grizzlies ended in heated fashion on Wednesday, starting with Grizzlies forward Jae Crowder stealing an inbounds pass and taking the ball out to the 3-point line. At that point, the Grizzlies were up 18 points with less than a minute left.

Let’s just say Knicks guard Elfrid Payton made his thoughts known on Crowder’s steal and shot.

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That fracas led to ejections for Payton, Crowder and Knicks forward Marcus Morris, with Knicks guard Damyean Dotson and Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas also receiving technical fouls. Given that multiple players left the bench during the incident, you can expect suspensions to be coming.

Of course, that wasn’t the low point for the Knicks. Instead, it was the crystal clear chants of “Sell the team!’ that rang out as the clock ticked down on another Knicks loss, lowering their record to 13-36.

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But wait, there’s more. Once both teams were done getting into it, they went back to their locker rooms, where cold, pressure-less showers awaited the Grizzlies.

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And then Morris started talking with reporters about how Crowder has some of those dreaded female characteristics, because one more Knicks fight apparently triggered a time warp back to the 1990s. Actually, warping back to that decade might be exactly what the Knicks are hoping for at this point.

Morris would apologize on Twitter less than an hour later.

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It continues to be that kind of season for the Knicks, who have already fired head coach David Fizdale and will be entering the trade deadline firmly as sellers.

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