Anthony Edwards dishes on crucial play vs. Knicks, throws shade at Elfrid Payton
After initially trolling RJ Barrett for his botched game-winner, the 19-year-old Edwards shifted his aim on another Knicks guard and threw shade on Elfrid Payton for his last-second blunder on the defensive end (via Jon Krawcynski of The Athletic).
“I was about to turn and fade until I saw Payton came and doubled. I was like, ‘He crazy’. I saw Beas (Mike Beasley) in the slot and I kicked it. And when I kicked it, you can see I just held my hands up. I knew it was good.”
Edwards on the play: "I was about to turn and fade until I saw Payton came and doubled. I was like, ‘He crazy.’ I saw Beas in the slot and I kicked it.
"And when I kicked it you can see I just held my hands up. I knew it was good." https://t.co/a8j48209lZ
— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) April 1, 2021
Edwards woke up on Wednesday feeling dangerous. Who will he be beefing with next?
To his defense though, Edwards’ hot take was pretty spot on. Payton’s last-second decision to double-team Edwards and stay in the paint left the wings unguarded. It ended up being a costly decision as the Knicks defense left a wide-open Beasley, who was hot all evening. He knocked down the crucial go-ahead bucket from deep, which ultimately gave the Timberwolves the come-from-behind W.
Beasley had previously drained four of his seven attempts from long range prior to that shot so Payton’s decision to crowd the shaded area was definitely not the smartest of moves. Plus, the Knicks were up by just two points, which meant that even if Anthony Edwards, a frontrunner for the Rookie of the Year trophy, did end up making a two-pointer, the score would’ve been just tied.