Knicks Briefing: November 24

Emmanuel Mudiay is good? Allonzo Trier, Fizdale back to Memphis, and Noah will be there soon?

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1It’s the Mudiay show

Mudiay had 27 points, including 15 in the final six minutes, to propel the Knicks to victory in his third straight start. The Knicks are 2-1 in those starts, with the only loss being a close one to Portland. That’s three quality games against legitimate opponents.

Fizdale on Mudiay’s performance, “Tonight was a breakout for him,” Fizdale said. “I got a lot of confidence in the kid. … And he’s taken it to heart and he’s really taken the floor general position to heart and he’s trying to lead that group.”

Meanwhile, don’t look Frank fans, but the difference in the Knicks’ net rating when Mudiay is on the floor versus when he is not is much better than the same difference for Frank.

2Don’t forget about Trier

Allonzo Trier’s performance can’t be overlooked. The undrafted rookie finished with 25 points, making threes, and driving hard to the hoop. He became the first Knick player with at least 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 75% shooting off the bench since Anthony Mason did it in 1992.

3Fizdale heads back to Memphis

Fizdale will face his former team on Sunday. If you somehow don’t know, Fizdale was fired from Memphis after failing to bridge a disconnection with Marc Gasol. I’m sure both Fizdale and Gasol have circled this game on their calendars, despite Fizdale downplaying the game.

I don’t want to put too much stock into it. It’s a story, but this is much more about my kids taking steps forward. I got a lot of people still in Memphis I care about and I root for them. I want to keep on track with my guys and keep them rolling.”

Emmanuel Mudiay, on the other hand, is ready to ball out for his coach, “I don’t know if it means something to him, but it means something to me for him,’’ Mudiay said of his coach’s return to Memphis. “We definitely want to get the win for him. I know I’m going to take it somewhat personally for him.”

4Joakim Noah finally close to signing in Memphis

Too bad the timing didn’t work out, because how fun would have Sunday been if the Knicks were also returning to Memphis to face Joakim Noah?

5On this Date

1984: Bernard King scores 52 points (19-31 FG, 14-17 FT) in a 119-100 win versus Indiana. It marks his third consecutive game with at least 40 points.

1979Knicks dish out a franchise-best 45 assists in 133-113 win over Cleveland at the Garden. Micheal Ray Richardson leads the way with 16 dimes.