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“You’re Not A Tough Guy”: Donte DiVincenzo Blasts Myles Turner After Heated Exchange In Knicks vs Pacers Game 5

Published 05/15/2024, 12:20 AM EDT

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Donte DiVincenzo took the beef against the Indiana Pacers‘ big man again, this time off the court. The NY Knicks turned the MSG Arena into a concert with a blowout 91-121 win. Despite the one-sided nature of the game, both teams got into serious on-court altercations. Especially, in the last quarter, DiVincenzo got heated with the 6 ’11 Myles Turner after fouling him. Teammates and refs stepped in to separate them and eventually, both players ended up getting technical fouls. However, DiVincenzo had a lot more to say, firing a few “identity” comments.

Speaking to the media about the altercation, he said, “They trying to be tough guys, you know, and that’s not their identity. There was nothing more to that.” He further called out Turner for arguing despite extracting a foul.

He added, “I don’t agree with trying to walk up on somebody. Nobody’s going to fight in NBA. So take the foul, keep it moving. You’re not a tough guy just keep it moving.” With a possibility of two games left in the series, he paved the way for a new rivalry. However, tonight wasn’t the first time Donte DiVincenzo got into a heated moment.

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A month ago, during a regular season game against the Philadelphia 76ers, he got tangled up with the Sixers’ star Kelly Oubre Jr. near the rim. While only a few words were exchanged at the time it also sowed seeds for a personal battle in the future. Even though the battle between Joel Embiid and Jalen Brunson in the first-round series was the talking point, Oubre and DiVincenzo had a 1v1 going on separately.

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The Knicks star had the last laugh in the first-round battle, averaging 12 points and clocking a crucial 23 in Game 6. Now, it leads down to one question: Who will win the new battle, Donte or Turner?

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Ex-Warriors star turned into a Knickerbockers hero!

Before becoming MSG’s favorite child, he spent a season with the 4x NBA Champ, Stephen Curry. It definitely impacted his game majorly, and he has credited the Baby-faced Assassin. He said, “You wanna emulate it. You wanna be like that. All the kids wanna be like that… I’m not him. No one is him. Steph is Steph. He’s proving that year after year.” 

The 27-year-old brought out the Steph Curry energy into the Knicks fold when he showcased a career-high 3-point shooting FG of 40.1%. Moreover, he also recorded his career-best average of 15.5 points this season, starting alongside Jalen Brunson.

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Apart from his Steph Curry connection, he also has a stronger connection with his current Knicks’ core. Every loyal Knicks fan would know the excitement Brunson expressed when he got to know that the team roped in Josh Hart in 2022. Hart and Brunson played for Villanova in their college. Surprisingly, the Villanova duo got another teammate this season when DiVincenzo made it to the side. Coincidentally, the trio were roommates during their freshman year!

Will the trio bring back the long-lost glory to the Knicks? Let us know in the comments.

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Shahul Hameed is a Senior NBA Writer at EssentiallySports. Armed with a Master's Degree in journalism from a distinguished institute, his journey into sports writing began during his college days, and since then, Shahul has been captivated not only by the remarkable consistency of Stephen Curry but also by the enduring legacy of LeBron James. He specializes in covering the live basketball action.
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