44-point first quarter by Orlando spells doom for Knicks

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KNICKS BATTLE BACK BUT LOSE

After giving up 44 first quarter points, the Knicks battled back, only to lose in the end.

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MACRI'S GAME NOTES

The Knicks lost for the fifth time in a row, this time 131-117 on the road to the Magic. They got their doors blown off to start the game, giving up 30 points in a little over six minutes. Their defense shored up from there, at least comparatively, but despite cutting the lead to one point at halftime, they could never keep pace in the second half, and Orlando ultimately pulled away late. On to the important points…

  • Trey Burke had himself another game off the bench. He payed 29 minutes and finished with 31 points on 11-for-20 from the field. This came one game after he ended up with 24 points, which itself came following a stretch where Burke didn’t see the court for three of four contests. He was completely in command of his offensive game, much like when Knicks fans fell in love with him late last year. On defense, he continues to battle despite his size. Along with Hardaway Jr., he is the best pure scorer on this team. Where that leaves him in the rotation moving forward is anyone’s guess.
  • Speaking of Timmy, he finished with an efficient 32 points that included the type of double dip you love to see from him: 10 free throws (he hit nine) to go with 10 3-point attempts (he made half). His defense was up to par.
  • Kanter was a beast on the stat sheet, finishing one rebound shy of a 20-20 game. Many of his rebounds weren’t of the empty calorie variety that some games are filled with (although him stealing a board from Kevin Knox was cringeworthy). That said, his defense continues to render him seemingly unplayable. Again, it is not that he is bad; it’s that this team does not have the defensive support structure to make his deficiencies feasible to deal with on a nightly basis.
  • The Knicks kids mostly had a rough night. Mitch was eaten alive by Nikola Vucevic, who might be the best offensive center in the game right now. He had five fouls in nine minutes and was a non-entity. Allonzo Trier had an unmemorable seven points in 13 minutes. Dotson seems to be lacking aggression on offense of late, and that continued – he took only three shots in 14 minutes. 
  • That said, when he and Frank checked in the game late in the first quarter, the energy of the game completely changed. Frank’s defense in particular was once again very good, although he looked for his shot less than ever, taking one attempt and missing it. He continues to find his way on that end, but he appears to remain deep in the forest. 
  • Lastly, Mudiay had another solid start on offense, but had several defensive lapses. Like Kanter, this team may not have the defensive supporting cast to make his presence on the court a thing that can happen.
Knicks are back in action Tuesday night at home vs Portland, where things do not get one bit easier.

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