The Knicks lost a thriller due to Jayson Tatum drilling a 21 foot jumper isolated in the corner against Barrett off an inbound, to take the lead with 1.3 seconds left in regulation. The Knicks fought hard in this grudge match on the road, led by ex-Celtic Marcus Morris Sr. (29 points). Unfortunately, Kemba Walker (33 points) and Jayson Tatum (24 points) were just too much to overcome. They shot the lights out and scored 13 of their team’s last 14 points! Frank Ntilikina (10 points) and RJ Barrett (15 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists) both looked impressive. Knox (12 points and 4 rebounds) and Portis Jr. (13 points and 7 rebounds) gave good minutes off of the bench, helping with scoring and rebounding. Fizdale elected to go with a tight 8-man rotation in this one, leaving Trier, Dotson, Gibson, and Brazdeikis all with DNPs.
Why The Knicks Lost
The Knicks lost this game due to a lack of firepower and cold shooting. No Knick had the ability to keep up with Walker and Tatum down the stretch on either side of the ball to help the Knicks get over the hump and take the lead. The Knicks also finished the night with terrible shooting numbers shooting 37-93 (39.8%) from the floor and 14-21 (66.7%) from the line. The Knicks have had major issues from the charity stripe all season and they need to start making their FREE throws, if they are going to start winning more games. It was also disappointing to see Julius Randle take a step backwards after his solid game against the Magic, only scoring 8 points and committing 6 turnovers. He did grab 10 rebounds, dish out 5 assists, and added a steal though.
The Knicks offense has had a lot better passing lately and that is a major positive. Not to mention Morris Sr. broke out of his shooting slump and Frank keeps playing better and better. This team is growing, but it will need to start shooting better to win games. They play against the Sacramento Kings (1-5) Sunday evening at 6:00pm Eastern Time at the Garden, where they will try to bounce back. This is a very winnable game and I look forward to seeing the Knicks bring some energy and hopefully take it to a younger Kings team.