Knicks sent back to earth by Wizards
After starting out the NBA preseason with a 3-0 record, the New York Knicks struggled against the Washington Wizards on Monday night at Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks ended up losing 110-98.
Here are my observations from the game.
Ntilikina looked pretty good
Knicks’ second year point guard Frank Ntilikina was given the start and actually played pretty well as he scored 10 points to go along with four rebounds and two assists.
Unfortunately, foul trouble held Ntilikina to only 17 minutes on the floor.
In case you’re keeping score at home, Trey Burke scored 10 points as well and Emmanuel Mudiay scored zero in 10 minutes of play.
Another good game for THJ
Tim Hardaway Jr. had a second straight good game after scoring 18 points and adding three rebounds and one assist. He looked great last Friday night against the New Orleans Pelicans and is playing with plenty of confidence.
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) October 9, 2018
Hopefully Hardaway can finish the preseason strong and head into the regular season with confidence. The Knicks are going to need him to be more consistent this season.
Trier played well
After an “off” night against the Pelicans on Friday, Allonzo Trier was back at it as he scored 18 points on 7 of 11 shooting. He also had two rebounds and four assists.
It was against the Wizards’ back ups, but was still a nice showing by the undrafted rookie.
THE VERTICALITY OF ZO! pic.twitter.com/UYS8q5F2li
— The Knicks Wall (@TheKnicksWall) October 9, 2018
It will be interesting to see whether or not the Knicks give Trier a regular NBA contract. It’s obvious he deserves it.
Hicks, Hezonja in double digits
Mario Hezonja had his best game of the preseason even though he still made some noticable mistakes. He finished with 10 points and four rebounds.
Hopefully Hezonja is starting to get more comfortable.
Isiaah Hicks also scored 10 points in just 11 minutes, which is impressive. He also had three rebounds.
The Knicks’ final preseason game is Friday against the Brooklyn Nets, before they kick off the regular season on Wednesday October 17th against the Atlanta Hawks.
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