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Knicks Memes Game Recap: Hawks 112, Knicks 101

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The Knicks dropped the second game of their season-opening back-to-back, falling to 1-1 with a 112-101 loss to the Hawks in New York’s home opener at MSG.

The game began as a close one, with the Knicks and Hawks trading runs and New York managing to stay in the game. The Knicks stumbled at the end of the first, falling behind 30-20, but came out roaring at the start of the second and briefly held a one-point lead.

But Atlanta bounced right back, taking advantage of the Knicks’ sloppiness on both ends and taking a sixteen-point lead into the intermission. The lead grew to over 20 at the start of the third, before the Knicks picked themselves up and made it a game.

The Knicks closed the gap to 12 by the end of the third, but the reigning Eastern #1 seed kept the reigning Eastern cellar-dwellers at arm’s length until the final buzzer, comfortably wrapping up Atlanta’s first win of the season.

The Hawks were led by 23 points from Jeff Teague and 21 from Al Horford. Former Knick Tim Hardaway Junior did not play.

Carmelo Anthony struggled for the Knicks, but managed to get his points through simple volume shooting, putting up 25 on 10-27 shooting. Melo also had seven boards, three assists and three steals in 32 minutes.

Kristaps Porzingis had 10 points, eight rebounds, three steals and a block, but also had five fouls and four turnovers. Porzingis had the highlight play of the night, with a steal-spin-slam combo that got the crowd roaring.

Kyle O’Quinn had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Robin Lopez had 18 points, but had five turnovers. The Knicks as a team turned the ball over 21 times.

New York shot 41% from the field and 21% from three.The Hawks shot 51% from the field and 42% from three, and got to the line 26 times, sinking 18 of their tries from the stripe to negate the Knicks’ efficiency from the line (19-21).

The Knicks had some awful stretches in this game, but they also had some very good moments. The issue was that they only showed up in stretches— on both ends, they seemed to just shut down half the time, leading to some ridiculously sloppy passes, some bafflingly wide-open threes allowed, and some downright clumsy drops of the ball. They didn’t get much help from the refs (even Reggie Miller felt bad for them) but they put themselves at the mercy of the whistle by allowing the Atlanta guards slash through the perimeter and into the paint. Jose Calderon and Sasha Vujacic might have to make way for Jerian Grant and Langston Galloway at the top of the rotation before long. And Arron Afflalo’s return can’t come soon enough for that backcourt.

Moreover, the Knicks just couldn’t buy a bucket. Even good looks were clanking off the rim.

The Knicks will have their off nights. If the off nights look like this— a loss by a pretty reasonable margin to a team that won 60 games last year— New York will be a lot better than last year. There were some frustrating slip-ups tonight, but also a few positives.

And Kristaps looks legit. Good thing we had our draft pick that year.

New York’s next matchup is Saturday night on the road against the Wizards.

-Tommy Rothman

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Knicks Memes Game Recap: Knicks 122, Bucks 97

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The Knicks beat the Bucks 122-97 in Milwaukee in the season opener on Wednesday night. Here’s how it all went down:

The Knicks started a bit sluggishly, but went on a 15-0 run spanning the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the second, and they never looked back, outscoring Milwaukee in every quarter.

New York got solid production from its newcomers. Derrick Williams had 24 points and seven rebounds in 21 minutes. Kyle O’Quinn had eight points and 11 boards. Sasha Vujacic had 11 points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists. Kristaps Porzingis struggled from the field, but had an excellent night at the line en route to a 16 point performance in his NBA debut. Also making his NBA debut was Jerian Grant, who scored 10 points, dished out five dimes and had three steals. Robin Lopez had two blocks on an otherwise quiet night. Arron Afflalo and Kevin Seraphin missed the game.

Of the returning players, Langston Galloway led the way with 16 points and Lance Thomas surprisingly had 13. José Calderón struggled and Cleanthony Early was a non-factor.

Carmelo Anthony had a rough night with just 11 points on 4-16 shooting, but had six rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block. Melo’s teammates picked him up, showing off the team’s newfound depth in the offensive onslaught.

The Bucks were led by 22 points and 14 rebounds from offseason Knicks target Greg Monroe. Michael Carter-Williams also had 20, but the Bucks turned it over 18 times and clearly missed the suspended Giannis Antetokounmpo and injured Jabari Parker.

The Knicks’ next game is Thursday night, when they will face the Hawks at 8 PM in New York’s home opener. You can buy tickets here.

-Tommy Rothman.

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Postgame Reaction: Knicks 100, Bulls 89

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The Knicks (35-45) defeated the Bulls (47-33) by a score of 100-89 on Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.

Tim Hardaway Junior led the way for the Knicks with 20 points. He was followed by Carmelo Anthony and JR Smith (17 points each), Raymond Felton (14), Amar’e Stoudemire (12), and Iman Shumpert (10). Tyson Chandler only scored 1 point, but he managed to contribute by pulling down 12 boards and playing solid defense. 

The Knicks got out-rebounded, they sent the Bulls to the line on seemingly every play, and they weren’t very efficient from downtown. The key to this victory was New York’s defense, which held the Bulls to 39% shooting and forced 16 turnovers. 

Smith, Stoudemire, and Shumpert all had their struggles earlier in the year, but have been solid down the stretch and hopefully they can make a more consistent contribution next year. Tim Hardaway Junior has been a bright spot for the Knicks all season, and he was once again great in this game. He is a very important piece of our future.

Like I said before the game, we wanted to get this win for Melo-Retention reasons and to screw over the Nets a bit. We were also “Playing for Pride”. Getting a win is always nice, so even though we’ve already been eliminated, this was a fun and stress-free night to be a Knicks fan.

Up next: The Knicks will visit the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday. Tickets can be purchased here

-Tommy Rothman

Postgame Reaction: Knicks 89, Wizards 90

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The New York Knicks Knicks lost a nail-biter to the Washington Wizards on Friday night at the Garden, coming up short in the final seconds and suffering a 90-89 defeat. 

J.R. Smith had an amazing game for the Knicks, scoring 32 points and hitting eight three-pointers. However, his off-balance, contested shot in the final seconds was off the mark. 

Amar’e Stoudemire got off to a slow start for New York, but turned it around after halftime and finished with 16 points.

Raymond Felton struggled for most of the night, but did dish out 7 assists and pull down 5 rebounds. Raymond also hit a huge three to put the Knicks ahead in the final minute. 

Pablo Prigioni and Iman Shumpert both looked very solid on both ends of the floor. Pablo had 7 assists and Iman had 3 steals.

Carmelo Anthony was horrible in this game. Melo finished with 10 points on 5-14 shooting, and turned the ball over 9 times. He was also unable to hold on to the ball on his drive to the rim in the final seconds, and as a result, JR Smith was forced to take a ridiculously difficult shot (which he almost made, of course). Melo appeared to be hurt throughout the game, and after the game Anthony said that there were times where he couldn’t use his arm. Melo was diagnosed with a strained right shoulder, and plans to play through it in Miami on Sunday. The Knicks have to hope that this injury doesn’t take a huge hit on Melo’s level of play going forward, but Anthony was very disappointing tonight, and perhaps Woodson should have called a play for Smith, rather than, as Felton spilled to reporters after the game, simply telling the Knicks to “give the ball to Melo”. Anthony did have 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals, so there are some positives, but overall, it was a very poor game for the Knicks’ superstar.

The Hawks won tonight, so they have a 1 game lead (really a 2 game lead, because they have the tiebreaker) over the Knicks for the final playoff spot. The Knicks have a chance to make the playoffs, but it is a long shot. New York has lost several games that they should have won, and now they need to hope that Atlanta will return the favor in the final 2 weeks of the season. And at the end of the day, the Knicks will probably need to steal a win or two against teams most people don’t think they can beat. 

Tough loss, but it’s not over yet. Let’s see what happens.

-Tommy Rothman