Another hard fought loss for the Knicks
The New York Knicks lost their third straight game on Monday night after falling to the Milwaukee Bucks by a score of 124-113.
Despite being down by 19 points at the half, the Knicks stormed back and were within minutes away from getting a win.
Here are my takeaways from the game:
Mario Hezonja stepped up
With rookie Kevin Knox out for multiple weeks with a sprained ankle, former lottery pick and first-year Knick Mario Hezonja stepped up and had a big game with 18 points on 50 percent shooting. He also hit two of his five three point attempts, while adding four rebounds and three assists during his 30 minutes on the floor.
Either Hezonja was motivated by the chance to step up with Knox out, or the criticism of a former Knicks executive fueled him.
For now Hezonja looks like the guy that will pick up the slack while Knox is out.
Trey Burke not letting go of starting spot
I’ve seen many people be critical of the play of Knicks’ starting point guard Trey Burke, But I personally love how he helps their offense as a scorer.
Burke was huge against the Bucks and completely embarrassed Eric Bledsoe at times.
Burke finished the game with 19 points on 50 percent shooting from the field as well as five rebounds and four assists. It’s safe to say that right now he’s solidified himself as New York’s starting point guard.
Knicks have heart
Knick teams of the recent past wouldn’t have fought back from a 19 point halftime deficit to come back and almost win.
If it wasn’t for the Knicks defense breaking down in the last three minutes of the game, they could have pulled off the upset.
The good news is that this team has a lot of heart and are playing their tails off.
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.