It’s been a rough year for Charlotte Hornets center Cody Zeller.
This offseason, he lost his starting spot after the team traded for a player whose exits from his last four teams sparked emphatic jubilation among former teammates (the same player who pretty obviously intentionally elbowed Zeller in the face a year prior).
On Tuesday night, the Hornets center suffered another brutal indignity. Against Kristaps Porzingis and the New York Knicks, Cody Zeller had his shot blocked four times in a matter of four seconds.
Block party 🎉 pic.twitter.com/M07rqrdlgo
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) November 8, 2017
That’s Porzingis and Kyle O’Quinn forming a wall of frustration between Zeller and two points.
The play reminded color commentator Walt Frazier of Charles Smith’s infamously futile attempts to give the Knicks a late lead against the Chicago Bulls in Game 5 of the 1993 Eastern Conference Finals.
Technically, Zeller was only blocked three times, as he was awarded a shooting foul against rookie Frank Ntilikina on the fourth attempt.
And that’s some bull.
Porzingis scored five clutch points in the final two minutes to lead his squad to a 118-115 win.
Porzingis had The Garden rockin’ in the 4th!
Knicks have won three in a row! pic.twitter.com/bz3WIU52Xh
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 8, 2017
After a brutal 0-3 start, Porzingis has made the Knicks watchable for the first time in years. The team’s now 6-4, and the big man’s 28-point performance gave him the franchise record for points through the first 10 games of the season, at 300. He also already has 23 blocks.
“The sweetest thing for us, the best thing for us, will be to make the playoffs. This means nothing,” Porzingis said after the victory. “If we can keep winning and I keep doing what I have to do, then the real reward will come.”