Everything you need to know about the Knicks loss to Milwaukee

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KNICKS BATTLE BACK BUT LOSE

Once again, the Knicks showed great heart and resiliency in erasing a 19-point deficit, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a barrage of three-pointers by Khris Middleton.

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MACRI'S GAME NOTES

The Knicks continued the theme of their early season: coming out a little flat, not letting go of the rope, and then fighting back to make it a game against a more talented team. It ended up being too much Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and a barrage of threes from the Bucks, and the Knicks fell 124-113 in Milwaukee, dropping their record to 1-3.

Here are the key takeaways from the game:

  • Several Knicks had standout performances in the loss, perhaps none more so than Damyean Dotson. After being out of the rotation over the first two games of the season, he scored 14 points in 32 minutes thanks to making 4-of-8 from deep on a shooting stroke that might be the prettiest on the team. Throw in his rebounding (eight boards) and defense (all over the floor), and it’s no surprise that David Fizdale confirmed postgame that Dotson will be a part of the rotation moving forward.
  • Mario Hezonja was key during a few stretches tonight, stabilizing the offense in the first half and hitting several big buckets late. He ended up with 18 points on 8-of-16 shooting, and while he still took a few shots you’d rather not see, he showed why the Knicks were so excited to get him this summer. It was all the more impressive considering he was benched last game for an apparent lack of effort on defense. Said Fiz after the game, “he responded to the last game.”
  • Trey Burke had his best stretch of the season, helping the Knicks rally back from a 19-point halftime deficit with 15 points in the third. He was aggressive looking for his shot, which seems to be when he’s at his best. It helped make up for several instances in the first half where he was beat badly defending the pick and roll.
  • The Knicks slow starts continue to be a concern, something David Fizdale acknowledged postgame, even going so far as to say he’ll consider a starting lineup change after he assesses the tape of the first five games following the trip to Miami on Wednesday. This came after a question about Mario Hezonja and Noah Vonleh’s impact on the second unit, although it’s unclear what change he might be considering.
  • It’s only four games into a season that will likely contain many other close losses, but so far, the new coach’s attitude remains where you want it: “This is the suffering you must go through to become a good basketball team.”
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. continues to score at a solid rate, netting 24 points on a slightly less than efficient 10-for-23 from the field, including 3-of-9 from deep
  • Frank Ntilikina didn’t have a great box score night, but then again, when does he ever. He did lead the team with 35 minutes and looks calm and composed running the offense for several stretches, including most of the fourth quarter.
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo looked like the MVP of the league, getting basically whatever he wanted on the floor throughout the night. No one could stop him, although the continually feisty and effective Noah Vonleh came close a couple times. Khris Middleton should book his tickets to Los Angeles for All-Star weekend now. He missed once from deep tonight, allegedly.

Highlights from the game

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IN A FEW SENTENCES

Noah Vonleh was impressive on both ends of the court.

Trey Burke sparked the Knicks comeback with 16 third quarter points.

Damyean Dotson used his newfound minutes and didn’t waste them.

These things seem to happen to Ron Baker.