The Knicks made a statement on opening night
While many people on the outside aren’t expecting the Knicks to win more than 30 games this season, it looks like as a team they have a lot more confidence in themselves then everyone on the outside.
The Knicks completely blew out the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night by a score of 126-107. Seven different players scored double digit points. Three of them came off of the bench.
Here are my takeaways from the game:
New team under Fizdale
I haven’t seen the Knicks play with so much energy in a long time. They’re a new creation under head coach David Fizdale.
Having rookies like Allonzo Trier that can contribute also helps.
With each passing game, including the preseason of course, I’m more and more impressed with Fizdale.
The Knicks started the night 0-9 from the field and he called a time out down 10-2 and afterwards they came out and went on a 15-0 run.
This team responded to Fiz and was on fire as they scored a franchise record 49 points during the second quarter. For the game they racked up a whopping 126 points as a team.
It didn’t matter if the starters were on the floor or not, they all scored and helped this team get a great win to start the season.
Now we need to see if this team can continue to play this way each and every game. It will be tough against clubs like the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers.
Trier is nasty
Undrafted rookie Allonzo Trier looked great during the preseason and it has carried over to the regular season.
Now yes, I know, it was against an Atlanta Hawks team that will be fighting the Knicks for the first overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, but it’s still a good sign.
It’s obvious that Trier is very confident in himself. Check out this dunk he threw down at the end of the third quarter.
@ISO_ZO ends the 3rd with a BANG
He’s got 15 going into the 4th Q pic.twitter.com/OWHG1yGtvN
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 18, 2018
Trier finished the game with 15 points and four rebounds on 55 percent from the field. This kid is legit.
Ntilikina still unimpressive
I know Frank Ntilikina is a very good defensive player, but that’s about it.
Ntilikina finished the game with five points, five rebounds, one assist and three steals in 33 minutes after starting at the small forward position. He only converted 28 percent of his shots.
With Kevin Knox still struggling, Frank could continue to start despite his lack of offensive impact.
Tim Hardaway Jr. stepped up
Hardaway led the way with 31 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals as he helped the Knicks climb out of an early hole to blow out the Hawks.
I would like to think that THJ can do this night in and night out, but he’s a very streaky player. We’ll have to see what happens.
For now, he’s helping the Knicks in a big way with Kristaps Porzingis out.
Knox’s struggles continue
Knox finished the game with 10 points and two steals in 23 minutes, but only connected on 25 percent of his shots.
I would expect him to continue to come off of the bench.
Next up for the Knicks, a road game against the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night.
Paul has been a professional writer since 2010 and covered the NFL for several years as a credentialed media member. Some of his work has been linked to companies like FOX Sports, MSN, ESPN, Rolling Stone, Forbes and Deadspin. He’s also appeared on sports talk radio shows from around the United States.