KNICKS BLOWN OUT
This game was never close and the Knicks looked completely outclassed in Oklahoma City.
Knicks Fan TV Postgame
GAME NOTES by Brad Weir
The Knicks were looking to bounce back after their worse loss of the season on Sunday vs Orlando; but unfortunately, that didn’t happen. The Knicks fall to 4-11 on the season after losing 128-103 to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a game that was decided within the first 7 minutes. Let’s take a dive into how this game unfolded and highlight some takeaways.
- Paul George was on fire and dropped 35 on the Knicks in 3 quarters. The Russell Westbrook-less Thunder physically dominated the Knicks in the paint, most notably Steven Adams making Mitchell Robinson his son on every post-up. Robinson had 3 blocks, but anyone who watched the game saw Adams overpower Robinson every time he touched the ball. Mitch shows on a nightly basis that even though the potential is there, he has a long way to go until he competes with the grown men in the league.
- This game was lost at the 3-point line with the Thunder thoroughly out shooting the Knicks from behind the arc. The Thunder shot 16 -33 (48.5%) while the Knicks shot 7-26 (26.9%). If the Knicks are going to compete with playoff caliber teams, the first place to look is at the 3-point line.
- Kevin Knox looked good regardless of not shooting efficiently. In his last 3 games, he’s scored 12, 17, and 15, while looking much more comfortable playing against pros. You can see flashes of what type of player he can be, but until he bulks up and learns to play within himself, you’re going to see a lot of stat lines like this one.
- **Also someone tell Knox to stop learning from Mario Hezonja on how to run a fast break because every time either one of them tries to take a 1-3 contested layup I die a little inside.
- Kanter is a walking bucket and if he could play even average defense he would be a top 5-10 center in the league. But for every good play Kanter does on offense, he gives up twice as much on D. Enes was seen pointing to himself late in the game, realizing his defensive effort is a major problem to the team trying to get stops.
- Mudiay is our best point guard? Emmanual Mudiay got his first start and didn’t look too out of place. He had a quality jump shot (what!?!) and attacked the basket in transition. His defense is still a problem, but with the Knicks struggling to score, they need Mudiay’s offense to give them a chance. Meanwhile, Ntilikina continues to do his thing on defense, but still looked really bad on offense, only scoring 4 points and genuinely looking invisible on that side of the floor.
While this was a very deflating game to watch, it was another loss and another step closer to one of those Duke boys. The Knicks take on the New Orleans Friday.
Highlights from the game