Knicks superfan Spike Lee appears to be leaving Game 5 early, missing Trae Young’s final dagger
Spike Lee had seen enough. He didn’t want to stay and watch Hawks star Trae Young stomp on the Knicks grave.
In Wednesday’s 103-89 win, Young tallied 36 points and delivered nine assists, ending what had been a rocky (but unbalanced) streak between New York and Atlanta. The writing was on the wall in the fourth quarter, as the Knicks just couldn’t reduce the Hawks’ lead and give them a real challenge.
So, Spike decided to bail out. With just over three minutes on the clock and New York 16 points behind, the Knicks’ biggest superfan descended the tunnel closest to Madison Square Garden.
“Oh, Spike is leaving early,” TNT announcer Marv Albert said.
“Come on, man. He’s a fan of the good weather out there,” analyst Reggie Miller said, who has a, uh, history with Lee. “If he’s supposed to be the # 1 Knicks fan, you gotta stay here and take him like the guys on the pitch. Come on, man.”
It’s unclear if Lee returned to his seat, but heading for the parking lot would have been a good decision as Young had one last dagger to throw. As the New Yorkers gave their beloved Knicks a standing ovation in the dying seconds, Young threw another 3-point pointer, then bowed after splashing the back of the net.
“I know where we are,” Young said after the victory. “I know [there are] a bunch of shows around this town. And I know what they do when the show is over. So that’s pretty much what it was. “
Just vicious. Sorry, Spike. Better luck next season.