The Knicks can learn a lot from their first loss
After a great opening game, the New York Knicks were not the same team against the Brooklyn Nets and lost by a score of 107-105.
Here are some takeaways from the game:
Kevin Knox is back
We don’t know for how long, but rookie Kevin Knox got his groove back as he scored 17 points on 50 percent shooting against the Nets. He also connected on three of four three point attempts.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough for the Knicks to get the win. He’ll have a big test along with his teammates on Saturday against the Boston Celtics.
This game should certainly give Knox a confidence boost after struggling for a few games in a row dating back to preseason.
The Knicks came out with great energy during their opener against the Atlanta Hawks. That energy was missing for most of Friday’s game against Brooklyn. They were also lacking on defense, which I’m sure has to do with their energy not being at the same level.
Now I will give New York credit for fighting back, but it wasn’t enough.
Hopefully this team can learn from this and see that they have to be on top of their game mentally in order to get the job done.
Another big game for Hardaway
After scoring 31 points against the Hawks, Hardaway came out and scored 29 points on 40 percent shooting against the Nets. Unfortunately he only hit 37.5 percent of his three point attempts.
There’s no doubt that Hardaway is working hit butt off, but of course he’s missing Kristaps Porzingis.
Trier with a down night
Just like any rookie, Allonzo Trier had a down night with only eight points on two of eight shooting from the field. He also connected on all four of his free throw attempts.
Despite the bad game, Trier is still the Knicks best rookie so far due to his consistency. I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do against Boston.
I expect Trier to bounce back and play well against the Celtics.
Knicks missed KP
Despite the fact that Enes Kanter had a great game with 29 points on 66 percent shooting, the Knicks missed Porzingis’ inside presence and the Nets took advantage of it by going to the basket and making plays down the stretch to win the game.
With Lance Thomas not having a great game, the Knicks need to figure out if they have someone who can step up in the four spot. I
‘m afraid that they don’t right now.
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