Knicks lose as Dotson and Trier shine

Knicks lose 115-108 in Detroit. They fly to Philadelphia after the game to face the 76ers tomorrow night.


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Game recap is provided by Remi_Se.

The New York Knicks came out flat and never quite found their footing as they saw a three-game winning streak snapped by the Detroit Pistons.

New York shot 30% from the field and 17% from three in the first half before Allonzo Trier led a late comeback attempt that came up short. Foul trouble, poor shooting and shoddy decision-making plagued David Fizdale’s young squad that was coming off an emotional performance in Memphis.

Let’s take a deeper look at what stood out on

  • Allonzo Trier flirted with a triple-double during the most well-rounded performance of his young career. Iso Zo was elusive off the dribble scoring 24 points on 63% from the field while making 9 of 12 free throw attempts. Trier has shown that sort of scoring before, but tonight he added 10 rebounds and 7 assists to the mix. Seeing a player nicknamed for his isolation play become the Knicks best passer was especially fun to see as he continued to look for teammates even after making some mistakes for turnovers. This undrafted rookie was the Knicks best player by a large margin and showed that he has potential to be more than just a scorer.
  • After four games without a chance to play, Damyean Dotson saw the court and provided a spark quickly. The sophomore stepped onto the floor for just a single possession in the first half, but was impossible to take out of the game once he checked back in for the second half. As soon as Dot knocked down his first jumper, he snapped into gear and sought his shot aggressively and effectively. Dotson shot 6 for 8 from the field and made all three of his long range shots with many of his field goals coming off the dribble. Dot made another clear case that he belongs in the rotation going forward.
  • The rest of the Knicks youngest players struggled. Mitchell Robinson was fun to watch defend Blake Griffin through screens out to the three-point line, but fouled out in just 17 minutes. The rookie was repeatedly caught off balance by pump fakes. Frank Ntilikina continues to show nothing on offense (0-3) in 15 minutes of play. Kevin Knox continued his struggles as well, going 1 for 7 in 16 minutes. The kids got their opportunities and took their licks tonight.
  • It wasn’t just the youngsters that had trouble tonight. Tim Hardaway Jr, Emmanuel Mudiay and Trey Burke were a combined 10 for 36 shooting while dishing just 5 assists. To Hardaway’s credit; he got to the line and made some plays, finishing with 19 points and 3 assists but he could not find a consistent jumper. Burke has had three straight poor shooting games and hasn’t shown the playmaking that got him 11 assists against Boston. Mudiay meanwhile had his worst performance in some time. These three guys have the ball in their hands more than anyone on the team, having all three off at once is a recipe for disaster.
  • None of the big men could guard Blake Griffin. Mitchell Robinson wasn’t the only player to foul out guarding Detroit’s star player. Noah Vonleh picked up his 6th foul after 19 minutes and Mario Hezonja was forced out in just 16 minutes of action. It was incredible to see as Griffin drew fouls on Vonleh with elusiveness; Hezonja with power moves and on Robinson with crafty head fakes.
  • Amid this collection of sloppy performances, Enes Kanter managed a pretty strong game. He gave Andre Drummond fits all night in route to 16 points and 14 boards. I tend to complain about Kanter not committing when he rotates to slashers, but he challenged some players at the rim tonight. That’s not to say he was anywhere near perfect defensively, but it was an improvement for a big man that struggles against the pick and roll.
  • This wasn’t a pretty loss. Even easy looks were just rimming out for the team tonight. But through the struggles we got to witness a rookie and sophomore stepping up to show Fizdale what they can bring to the table. It’s not surprising for the youngest team in the league to show a lack of consistency, but watching players step up when opportunity knocks is going to keep every game worth watching.

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