Everything you need to know about the Knicks loss to Golden State

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KEVIN DURANT PUTS ON A SHOW

For three quarters it looked like the Knicks were going to shock the Warriors, but then 25 fourth quarter points by Kevin Durant happened.

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Highlights from the game

Postgame Interviews

MACRI'S GAME NOTES

The Knicks entered the fourth quarter with a lead against the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors, possessors of all six infinity stones and lords of the realm. With 7:46 left in the game, New York was still up by one following a Trey Burke 3-pointer. They were outscored by 29 the rest of the way thanks to a Kevin Durant onslaught for the ages.

Let’s hit the big points:

  • Frank Ntilikina started at point guard, and seemed to answer a lot of questions in the process. He scored 17 points in 26 minutes on 6-of-11 shots, including 3-of-7 from deep. Other than a couple miscues, his defense on Steph Curry (29 points, 10-for-18 overall, 6-of-11 from deep) was solid, which the two-time MVP himself noted after the game. Most importantly, he looked in control and unafraid of the moment, taking what was given to him where appropriate and putting the ball in spots where his teammates could be successful. The Knicks might have found their point guard.
  • Less heralded but similarly impressive was Damyean Dotson, who started alongside Ntilikina and was also a two-way force. He had 12 points and put up another six shots from deep, upping his total to 27 attempts in four games. He looks to be the definition of a modern 3 & D wing (as long as the “D” doesn’t come against “KD”)
  • The Knicks – finally – had a shot profile that resembled a modern NBA offense, jacking 39 threes and making 13. While the percentage wasn’t great, it was a step in the right direction for a team thats been stuck in the 90’s for far too long. It’s the most deep balls New York has attempted since putting up 51 in a quadruple overtime loss to the Hawks on January 29, 2017, and the most in a regulation game since the 42 they tried on April 6, 2014 vs Miami.
  • The Knicks starting front court of Mitchell Robinson and Noah Vonleh didn’t look overmatched. Vonleh continues to shine, especially with his defensive versatility, and while Robinson is clearly raw, he impressed his coach on defense, as David Fizdale noted postgame.
  • Speaking of Fiz, he characterized the fourth quarter dam breaking as the Knicks young players feeling like “we’ve done enough.” He stated they still think they’re playing a 40 minute college game, and that he needs to get them believing they can win these sorts of contests against good teams. Overall, he continues to remain upbeat. If there’s a better coach for this team at this time, I can’t think of one.
  • Fiz didn’t comment on whether the starting lineup would remain in place, only saying “we’ll see how it goes.” Ok.
    Timmy had his moments, but as usual, took several ill-advised threes throughout the game. I’m starting to think this might be a thing.
  • Twitter was ablaze as KD started his fourth quarter takeover, imploring Fiz to remove Kanter and Burke (who had some nice moments in the second half) sooner than he did. Sorry folks…this would have made about as much difference as a kid getting under their desk during those old 60’s air-raid drills. The heat was coming.
  • Lastly, Enes Kanter didn’t sound thrilled during his postgame interview in regards to his being removed from the starting lineup. It’s a situation that bears watching.

Knicks have the weekend off, and then come back to the Garden for their rematch with the Nets on Monday night. The season of development continues.

IN A FEW SENTENCES

Frank was unbelievable in the first half.

Frank also did his thing on defense.

Kanter and Durant exchanged a few words.

Tim Hardaway Jr. took a scary fall, but returned to the game.

Trey Burke found his game again in the third quarter.

As Kevin Durant put up 25 fourth quarter points, Fizdale had something to say.