Dan Gartland
Sunday November 20th, 2016

Welcome to New York, Marshall Plumlee. Get used to the traffic. 

With Joakim Noah nursing an illness, the Knicks needed a big man for Sunday’s game against the Hawks. The good news is Marshall Plumlee was right nearby with the team’s D-League affiliate; the bad news is he didn’t get the call to come to Manhattan until two hours before tipoff. 

“I was asleep,” Plumlee told reporters after the game. “I was going to sleep in a little bit. Imagine being woken up and saying, ‘Hey, we need you to guard Dwight Howard.’”

Plumlee was in White Plains, N.Y., where the Westchester Knicks play, and got a call around 10 a.m. that he needed to be at the Garden for a noon game, so he hopped on a train. 

He must have missed the 10:27 express (scheduled to arrive at 11:09). The next one didn’t get to Manhattan until 11:28, and the one after arrived at 11:47. 

I’ll bet it was the later one, because Plumlee hailed a cab to make what should be a 10-minute drive from the train station to the Garden and was still so crunched for time that he paid the driver to run a red light. 

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When the cab got stuck in traffic, Plumlee decided to just get out and run the rest of the way. 

He went through all that trouble and only played five minutes, recording just one rebound. 

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