KNICKS LOSE DOUBLE OT MESS
It might be one of the ugliest basketball games you will see in a while, and the Knicks lost it.
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MACRI'S GAME NOTES
Rarely will any Knicks game leave me speechless, but, well…ladies and gentlemen, Knicks vs Bulls! Here are your hot, cold and lukewarm takes on a game that nearly, inexplicably went to triple overtime save for Mudiay fouling Zach LaVine with 0.2 seconds remaining…
- The night started with the excitement of Allonzo Trier starting alongside Frank Ntilikina. News also broke near gametime that Kevin Knox would return. Knox ended up only playing 5 minutes. Tim Hardaway Jr. did not play.
- The Knick that will get the most attention from this game is Enes Kanter thanks to an outsized stat line of 23 points, 24 rebounds and 7 assists, but Damyean Dotson was arguably the best player on the floor for New York. On a night where most everyone looked like they were defending in quicksand at times, Dotson repeatedly showed an aggressiveness that stood out. He ended up with 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting, and looks like someone who’s going to play a big role on this team regardless of what big names come through the door. His defense faltered against Zach LaVine late, but that’s nothing for him to hang his head over having played 41 minutes. Nice game for the second year player.
- Speaking of Kanter, he played about as well as he’s capable of. There won’t be many nights where his defense doesn’t negate whatever he manages to do on the offensive end, but this was one of them.
- Allonzo Trier somehow ended up with 21 points despite a dreadful shooting night in his first career start. He had the shot of the night – a three that tied the game late in the fourth, probably the biggest moment of the young season – as well as several other big baskets, but he also looked overmatched at times when pressured. Overall, what can you say about the undrafted rookie from Arizona other than that he clearly belongs in an NBA rotation, and might have found a city that jives perfectly with his unique flare for the game.
- Two Knicks reclamation projects, Emmanuel Mudiay and Mario Hezonja, had games that were microcosms of their careers…some moments of near brilliance, but others that make you question whether they belong in an NBA rotation. Fiz will continue to do whatever he can to instill confidence in these guys because he truly believes that’s how culture is built.
- Frank was bad. He looks out of sorts on offense, and his shooting struggles are clearly in his head at this point. Luckily, he’s still not old enough to drink, so he’s not cuddling up to a bottle of Jack right now to console himself. He’ll be fine. This, too, shall pass…(although it wouldn’t shock me if he sat for a few games at some point this season so he can clear his head and alleviate some of the pressure he’s clearly putting on himself right now)
- More than anything, this game will be remembered for the fight the Knicks showed, coupled with their lack of composure at times, which resulted in a repeated inability to get a good look. It’s easy to call out David Fizdale, but he was working with arguably the least talented group of offensive players in the league tonight. Not much more he could do.
Knicks have Tuesday off, then lace ‘em up on Wednesday against the Hawks.
Highlights from the game