Knicks Morning News (2018.11.30)

  • [Hoops Rumors] Atlantic Notes: Dinwiddie, Knicks, Hollis-Jefferson, Sixers
    (Thursday, November 29, 2018 11:38:27 PM)

    Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie will be eligible to sign a contract extension with the team on December 8, and the 25-year-old took time Thursday to address the situation with reporters. Dinwiddie, in his third season with the team, assured he would love to stay long-term. “I would love to have an extension,” Dinwiddie said, according […]

  • [Newsday] Atlantic Notes: Dinwiddie, Knicks, Hollis-Jefferson, Sixers
    (Thursday, November 29, 2018 11:38:27 PM)

    Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie will be eligible to sign a contract extension with the team on December 8, and the 25-year-old took time Thursday to address the situation with reporters. Dinwiddie, in his third season with the team, assured he would love to stay long-term. “I would love to have an extension,” Dinwiddie said, according […]

  • [NYPost] Scouts, execs shred Knicks’ 1st-rounders as ‘soft’ — and worse
    (Thursday, November 29, 2018 6:02:36 PM)

    If the Knicks’ last two lottery picks were stocks, they’d be plummeting. It’s been an inglorious November for 2017 first-round selection Frank Ntilikina and 2018 first-rounder Kevin Knox. Ntilikina was selected eighth, Knox ninth — but neither has come close to playing up to that status, leaving league personnel, including some coaches, less than glowing…

  • [NYPost] Knicks have roster cut to make with Trier contract coming
    (Thursday, November 29, 2018 10:22:23 AM)

    Undrafted rookie Allonzo Trier’s 45-day limit on an NBA roster comes up around Dec. 15 — pending any future cancelled practices, according to sources. At that juncture, Trier’s two-way G-League contract will be converted to a mainstream NBA contract but it doesn’t have to be for his $838,000 minimum. The New York Knicks never used…

  • [NYTimes] Unwanted in L.A., Brook Lopez Became Milwaukee’s ‘Splash Mountain’
    (Friday, November 30, 2018 1:30:05 AM)

    A decade into his career, Lopez has expanded his range, opening the lane for Giannis Antetokounmpo and allowing the Milwaukee Bucks to thrive.

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: How to Improve the 4-17 Suns? Coach Kokoskov’s Got a List
    (Thursday, November 29, 2018 2:33:06 PM)

    The worst team in basketball is a project with holes to plug and flaws to fix and problems to overcome.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks’ Enes Kanter truly embracing New York City with subway, Times Square visits
    (Friday, November 30, 2018 1:53:31 AM)

    Enes Kanter truly embodies the New York City lifestyle, visiting the city’s top attractions despite his status as the Knicks’ center.

  • [SNY Knicks] There is reportedly ‘NBA-wide’ trade interest in Knicks’ Frank Ntilikina
    (Thursday, November 29, 2018 9:30:04 AM)

    The Magic are reportedly among the teams interested in Frank Ntilikina, while the 76ers were scouting him during Wednesday’s game. But there could be more teams interested.

  • New York Knicks 91 – Philadelphia 76ers 117 – Game Recap

    While watching this horrible game (and boy was I wrong about my gut feeling that we would win) I noticed one thing: the Wells Fargo sideline banners were displaying ads for Fallout 76.

    I don’t know if you’re into videogames or not, so I’ll sum up briefly what the whole fuss is about. The Fallout franchise is set in a post-apocalyptic world, after a nuclear war exploded in October 2077 between USA and China. Until November 13th, 2018, it was a single player RPG experience where the Player Character did a lot of exploring, growing as both a war-mongering solo army and as a character, while traveling barren wastelands trying to salvage the most from half-rotten miscellaneous items and bringing on board from time to time miscast people. In the end, after a long process which started from zero, the Player Character will have finally assembled the scattered puzzle pieces into a coherent ensemble and will be able to defeat his enemies (sometimes even just by smooth talking).

    You might be thinking “I got this metaphor! The Player Character is the Knicks, and his quest is similar to our rebuild!”. Well, no. I mean, yes, but only a bit. If we go by the book, we’re still in the phase where we’re trying to understand why our BB-gun doesn’t take down that sturdy radioactive scorpion, and we’re buying from vendors useless overpriced guns to replace our previous useless overpriced gun.

    But, again, no.

    On November 14th, 2018, Fallout 76 debuted all around the world. It was the first foray from Bethesda (the publisher) in the multiplayer online role playing game genre. Keep in mind, the Fallout franchise has been hugely infuential and widely regarded as one of the best, blending immersive role-playing with dry wit and mature story-telling. It was a gem in the videogame universe, even with a lot of technical bugs infesting the later works (a lot of gamers mocked a bit Bethesda for that, but kept on playing because, well, the games were very good).

    Then, Fallout 76 happened. It currently sports a 2.9 user review on Metacritic (for reference, the previous games in the franchise sport, from 1997 to 2015, what follows: 8.8; 9.1; 7.9; 8.3; 6.6). I won’t bore you with details, but in short: it is an unmitigated disaster, quite unprecedented in the videogame industry.

    I found it fitting that they were displaying ads for that awful game while another horrendous game was on full display on the court. To honor that coincidence, and because I wouldn’t be able to hand out good grades to anyone tonight (save maybe for Dotson – and Kanter? Who knows), I’ll just match a few user reviews for the game from Metacritic to our utterly failing Knicks players. Keep in mind that these are the most recommended reviews for the game. In both senses, I guess.

    – “Bethesda was hijacked by an Early Access developer’s studio, apparently which resulted in Epic Fail that is fallout 76; Please do not purchase under any circumstances. Score: 0” goes to Chuck Hardaway Jr. (5 pts, 1 reb, 3 ast, -16 +/-), who was really an epic fail tonight, jacking up 11 shots and hitting only on one. His last 5 games splits tell the dreaded tale of regression to the mean: 14.8 ppg on 28.9 FG% (for a Ntilikina-esque 43.4 TS%). His BPM for the season dipped into negatives and his WS/48 is hovering around .100. We’re paying this guy 17 millions a year. Fizdale found a way to play him 28 minutes even on a night where we were down by 20 in the early second quarter and the game was always gonna be out of reach. It pretty much sums up Fiz’s management in the last few games.

    – “After 20 hours of playing the game i’m requesting a refund as the game is lacking in content and care from the creators. Score: 0” goes to Kevin Knox (9pts, 7 rebs, 1 ast, -17 +/-), whose sheer boxscore line might fool you a little bit, but had another awful game. I commend the fact that Fiz is hell-bent in giving him all the minutes he can muster; I just don’t understand why the same principle isn’t applied to our second year players on a consistent basis. Anyway, back to Kevin: the seven boards are nice (even if they were of the uncontested kind), but if you put a highlight reel of his offensive moves you would get a blooper montage. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a guy throw so many aimless floaters for a living. Ron Baker was the former king of fearful hail mary layups, but Kevin has stolen the crown. How many times can you go to the rim and launch an airball from 8 feet with the deer in the headlight look in your eyes? Knox’s answer is: as many as possible. Had a nice move on Amir Johnson in the fourth, though, where he stopped and spinned for a timid but on the mark baby hook. I won’t mention his defense. It’s better this way.

    – “I’m 16 hours in and I don’t understand what this “game” is trying to be. Score: 0″ goes to Frank Ntilikina (0 pts, 2 ast, literally nothing else, -11 +/-), who’s suffering the most from Fizdale’s nonsensical job with rotations. I mean, it’s of course on Frank the fact that he can’t shoot worth a lick, but how will he build confidence if he clearly doesn’t know what his role is? I guess the point guard experiment is over, and that might be ok. But what is he supposed to do on offense? Stand around doing nothing until maybe the ball gets to him and he’s forced to do some sort of gyrating bizarre routine to get a shot off? It’s obvious that it’s eating at his self-confidence, and that’s squarely on the coaching staff. I’m starting to believe those “Knicks have given up on Frank” because of pure logic, but it doesn’t make any sense all the same. He’s a cost controlled asset and nothing good will come from giving up on him now. On the other hand, his rebounding numbers are completely on him. It’s inexcusable that a 6’5″-6’6″ guy can’t find the way to collect a single board in two games. Oh, and he was terrible on defense in the first half against JJ Redick. Awful stretch for Frank.

    – “Extremely disappointing “thing”, sorry i cant call it a “game” as it is not even remotely fun, and when you can actually play it you run into countless bugs and issues and crashes and you simply have enough and say ok, time to refund. Score: 0″ goes to Emmanuel Mudiay (3 pts, 1 reb, 1 ast) who went crashing back to earth after looking like he found a new gear during the distant-looking Knicks winning streak. Frank is quite assuredly not a PG, but is Mudiay one? His AST% for the season is 16.7. Frank Ntilikina’s one is 16.2. If Mudiay is not a PG, than what do we play him for? It’s on night like this that you understand that playing Mudiay is pointless. If he plays well, we won’t benefit from it. If he plays badly, like tonight, the tank is on but he still subtracts minutes from Trier and Frank.

    – “The combination of motion blur, bokeh, and depth of field all on maximum, results in the inability to see anything at a distance and slightly off from the center of the screen. I mean this as literally as possible: anything in the peripheral of the screen is a huge blur. Score: 0” goes to Enes Kanter (17 pts, 6 rebs, 1 ast, -17 +/-), who’s obviously the Knicks best player but brings absolutely nothing to the team apart from his padded numbers. Maybe he could teach Mitch a bit of his “pretend I’m not here” defense so as to make Robinson a little less prone to fouls under the rim.

    – “For the Lord’s sake… They made it for the new generation of kids! Not for the core adults. Bright colors, balloons, party hats, friend play, setting off nuclear bombs, shooting stuff, building stuff, silly microtransactions. IT’S A GAME FOR KIDS! Score: 1” goes to Allonzo Trier (8 pts, 3 rebs, 1 ast, -25 +/-), who tonight just didn’t have it, as higlighted by his game-low plus-minus, even if his game is made for the new generation. He bricked a few Burke-like midrange pull-ups and wasn’t effective attacking the rim. It happens. Let’s hope his imminent first real NBA contract is not a silly microtransaction.

    – “I dont know where to begin. Its like game from 2009 .Horrible engine, outdated graphics, clunky animations, no human NPCs, boring, full of bugs. Only good thing is music/sound. Complete garbage! Score: 1”. Wait, this is even better suited to Enes Kanter.

    – “Rather uninspiring game play, frequent freezes, lag and now the “DISCONNECTED FROM SERVER” error on clicking PLAY. I am really considering getting a refund on this one. It is a stinker so far. Score: 1″ goes to Mario Hezonja (17 pts, 5 rebs, 1 ast, -7 +/-) who, while being a lot more active tonight, even notching 4 steals, looks really like a guy who’s disconnected from server and whose season is pretty much a stinker so far.

    Downloadable content:

    – Mitchell Robinson is going through a brutal stretch, where every single scoring big man is abusing of his propensity to get too close to the man 1-on-1 and jump for the block. In 80% of the cases, it’s a foul or a simple give and go for the opponent. It’s nice to see him block again 4 shots and dunk the ball, but his defense is veering a little too much uncomfortably into Whiteside’s territory.

    – Hey, guess who scored in double figures again? Yeah, it’s your forgotten friend, Fiz, it’s Dotson! If there’s anything you need to know that someone is well in over his head in thinking about rotation, it’s Dotson’s minutes allocation. We have a Mikal Bridges (more or less) of our own and we refused to play him for no reason whatsoever for 4 games, while giving burn to Hezonja. Perry’s looking like a shady politician about this one.

    – I wish I had something to say about Vonleh. Tonight he was bad. It happens.

    – Trey Burke on the last 4 games: 8.8 ppg, 18.9 FG% (not a typo), not a single bucket inside of 1o feet. It’s important to sell high on strangely high-performing assets.

    Well, guys, that’s all. See you on Saturday and hope for the best… Sometimes hope’s all that’s left.

    Knicks Morning News (2018.11.29)

  • [Hoops Rumors] Knicks Notes: Lee, Dotson, Playoffs, Trier
    (Wednesday, November 28, 2018 11:00:06 AM)

    Courtney Lee is almost ready for his season debut after overcoming a neck problem, but the Knicks may not have a regular role for him, writes Marc Berman of The New York Post. Lee said he needs two more practices before playing again, which puts his first game on Saturday at the earliest. The injury […]

  • [Newsday] Knicks Notes: Lee, Dotson, Playoffs, Trier
    (Wednesday, November 28, 2018 11:00:06 AM)

    Courtney Lee is almost ready for his season debut after overcoming a neck problem, but the Knicks may not have a regular role for him, writes Marc Berman of The New York Post. Lee said he needs two more practices before playing again, which puts his first game on Saturday at the earliest. The injury […]

  • [YahooSports] Report: Jimmy Butler never really wanted to go to Knicks
    (Wednesday, November 28, 2018 7:59:27 PM)

    This may be a bit of revisionist history, but it’s worth noting. Earlier this year, before it all hit the fan in Minnesota, there were reports that Jimmy Butler and Kyrie Irving wanted to team up on the Knicks. Something Irving denied (he later said he plans to re-sign with Boston).

  • [NYDN] Bondy: Knicks’ loss to 76ers a reminder of how much they need Kristaps Porzingis
    (Wednesday, November 28, 2018 9:25:00 PM)

    PHILADELPHIA – Dear Kristaps Porzingis,

    We miss you.

    Sometimes the Knicks, sans you, can be entertaining and competitive. Tim Hardaway Jr. can get hot. Emmanuel Mudiay can throw down a spectacular dunk. Enes Kanter can energize in the paint. But then there are reminder nights like Wednesday’s 117-91…

  • [NYDN] Don’t expect Knicks to banish struggling Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson to G League
    (Wednesday, November 28, 2018 4:35:00 PM)

    PHILADELPHIA – Despite their struggles with confidence and just about everything else, neither of the Knicks draft picks — Kevin Knox nor Mitchell Robinson — will be sent down to the G League.

    Coach David Fizdale was adamant about that Wednesday, even as Knox and Robinson were dropping dramatically…

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks takeaways from 117-91 loss to 76ers
    (Wednesday, November 28, 2018 9:59:11 PM)

    The Knicks couldn’t handle Joel Embiid and JJ Redick, as the Sixers blew them out 117-91 on the road Wednesday night.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks have quick turnaround in Philly against the 76ers at 7 p.m.
    (Wednesday, November 28, 2018 6:27:36 PM)

    Knicks travel to Philadelphia to face off agianst Joel Embiid and the Sixers at 7 p.m.

  • [SNY Knicks] WATCH: Coach Fiz visits The Zen Master!
    (Wednesday, November 28, 2018 2:40:36 PM)

    On Episode 2 of The Adventures of Coach Fiz, the new coach continues to connect with the team’s past, by learning from The Zen Master.

  • [SNY Knicks] Is Knicks’ Frank Ntilikina or 76ers’ Markelle Fultz the better player to bet on?
    (Wednesday, November 28, 2018 11:00:49 AM)

    A quarter of the way through their sophomore seasons, both Ntilikina and Fultz have been net negatives for their respective teams due to poor shooting and inexperience. But the jury remains out on both.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks coach David Fizdale on playoffs: ‘I don’t even mention that’
    (Wednesday, November 28, 2018 1:30:00 PM)

    Knicks coach David Fizdale isn’t interested in talking about the playoffs this year. In fact, he has removed the word from his vocabulary.

  • [NYTimes] N.B.A. Roundup: Joel Embiid Shines as the 76ers Rout the Knicks
    (Thursday, November 29, 2018 5:24:53 AM)

    Embiid had 26 points and 14 rebounds in his first game with his father, a colonel in the Cameroon military, in attendance.

  • [NYTimes] In Australia, a Sudanese Basketball League Finds Itself Sidelined by Racist Fears
    (Wednesday, November 28, 2018 7:45:29 AM)

    The South Sudanese Australian National Basketball Association said it was forced to cancel a tournament after being unfairly linked to stories of gang violence.

  • [ESPN] Best bets for Wednesday’s NBA games
    (Wednesday, November 28, 2018 10:27:48 AM)

    With 10 NBA games tonight, there are plenty of betting opportunities available. Our experts give their best bets for Wednesday’s slate.

  • [NYPost] David Fizdale: Porzingis’ return will speed up our ‘Process’
    (Wednesday, November 28, 2018 11:36:25 PM)

    PHILADELPHIA — David Fizdale says his club may have an edge over the 76ers’ rebuilding program — nicknamed “The Process’’ — because of a certain 7-foot-3 big man. Though there’s still no definitive timetable on Kristaps Porzingis’ return from ACL surgery, Fizdale has hinted recently he will have him back this season. “We have Kristaps…

  • [NYPost] David Fizdale not thinking about demoting Knox and Robinson
    (Wednesday, November 28, 2018 10:55:15 PM)

    PHILADELPHIA — With his two 2018 draft picks regressing, Knicks coach David Fizdale said he’s not planning to ever send Kevin Knox or Mitchell Robinson to the G-League for a game with the Westchester Knicks. After Wednesday’s 117-91 blowout loss to the Sixers, Fizdale said he saw good signs from Knox and Robinson, but they…

  • [NYPost] Two coaches, franchises at different steps in ‘Process’
    (Wednesday, November 28, 2018 8:29:36 PM)

    PHILADELPHIA — Technically, the two conversations were about the same subject matter. Brett Brown was in the media room at Wells Fargo Center just before 5:30 p.m. David Fizdale was out in the corridor a few minutes later, in front of a screen covered in Knicks logos. Brown spoke with a brogue that’s still pure…

  • [NYPost] Knicks show no fight in ugly blowout loss to 76ers
    (Wednesday, November 28, 2018 4:37:42 PM)

    PHILADELPHIA — Watching the Knicks chop a tree would have been more entertaining than witnessing their performance against the mighty 76ers Wednesday in front of a rowdy sell-out crowd at Wells Fargo Center. The Knicks’ three-game winning streak ended one night earlier against the Pistons, but that wasn’t close to as embarrassing as their lack…

  • [NYPost] What Knicks can do to stave off Kevin Knox panic
    (Wednesday, November 28, 2018 10:27:21 AM)

    Five observations from the New York Knicks’ 115-108 road loss Tuesday at the Pistons. 1. The Knicks’ two draft picks aren’t progressing, but regressing. You expect a slower climb for rookie project Mitchell Robinson, a second-rounder. But something’s not right with 2018 lottery pick Kevin Knox, who is not shooting, passing or defending well enough…

  • Post Game: 76ers beat Knicks, 117-91

    Potential Links

  • [foxsports.com] Embiid’s double-double powers 76ers past Knicks 117-91
  • [bleacherreport.com] Joel Embiid Drops 26, 76ers Crush Kevin Knox, Knicks for 2nd Straight Win
  • [msn.com] Bondy: Knicks’ loss to 76ers a reminder of how much they need Kristaps Porzingis
  • [lmtonline.com] Knicks-76ers, Box
  • Full BoxScore:
    http://www.nba.com/games/20181128/NYKPHI#/boxscore

    Score by Period:

    Team 1 2 3 4 TOTAL
    Knicks 27 21 20 23 91
    76ers 41 27 25 24 117

    Four Factors

    TEAM eFG TOR ORB FTR
    NYK 0.381 0.114 0.208 0.229
    PHI 0.610 0.146 0.211 0.127

    Simple Box Score

    Name min pts fga 3pm ftm or Reb ast stl to blk pf +/-
    Hezonja, Mario 25:39 17 15 2 1 0 5 1 4 2 0 4 -7
    Vonleh, Noah 17:53 4 6 0 0 2 7 1 0 0 0 4 -13
    Kanter, Enes 26:00 17 9 0 5 5 6 1 0 4 0 3 -17
    Hardaway Jr., Tim 27:12 5 11 0 3 1 1 3 2 0 0 1 -16
    Mudiay, Emmanuel 20:49 3 5 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 -7
    Knox, Kevin 23:28 9 9 1 2 0 7 1 1 2 0 0 -17
    Burke, Trey 16:20 7 6 1 4 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 -19
    Robinson, Mitchell 17:23 5 3 0 1 2 6 1 0 2 4 4 -7
    Trier, Allonzo 21:41 8 11 0 2 0 3 1 0 3 0 2 -25
    Ntilikina, Frank 14:23 0 5 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 -11
    Dotson, Damyean 23:37 16 11 2 2 1 4 0 3 0 1 2 5
    Baker, Ron 5:34 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4
    Knicks 240:00 91 92 6 21 11 41 14 11 13 5 21 -26
    Name min pts fga 3pm ftm or Reb ast stl to blk pf +/-
    Butler, Jimmy 25:02 7 7 1 0 1 4 2 1 3 1 1 19
    Chandler, Wilson 25:31 8 6 2 0 1 6 4 0 3 0 1 10
    Embiid, Joel 30:16 26 21 0 6 2 14 7 1 1 1 1 25
    Redick, JJ 26:24 24 14 4 0 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 26
    Simmons, Ben 24:01 14 9 0 4 3 8 7 1 2 0 3 8
    Shamet, Landry 21:36 5 4 1 0 0 3 2 0 2 0 1 0
    McConnell, T.J. 25:23 6 6 0 0 0 2 6 2 1 1 4 25
    Muscala, Mike 24:58 10 6 2 0 1 8 1 0 2 1 5 13
    Korkmaz, Furkan 22:45 11 10 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 9
    Johnson, Amir 8:30 4 3 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 1 1 -1
    Jackson, Demetrius 5:34 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 -4
    76ers 240:00 117 87 12 11 8 50 34 7 16 5 19 26

    Game Thread: New York Knicks at Philadelphia 76ers

    Game Thread: New York Knicks at Philadelphia 76ers

    Start Time: 11/28/2018 19:00:00

    Butler, 76ers welcome Knicks to town

    Coming off their second game-winner in seven days — and the second to come off the fingertips of star midseason acquisition and four-time all-star Jimmy Butler- the Philadelphia 76ers might have an easier go of it on Wednesday night at Wells Fargo Center when the New York Knicks come to town.
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    Pre Game Links:

  • [nbcphiladelphia.com] Sixers-Knicks: 3 Storylines to Watch and How to Live Stream the Game
  • [cbssports.com] Butler, 76ers welcome Knicks to town
  • [larrybrownsports.com] Report: Jimmy Butler never wanted to be traded to Knicks
  • [heavy.com] Did Jimmy Butler Prefer the Knicks as a Trade Destination?
  • [washingtonpost.com] Butler’s 3-pointer caps 76ers’ rally to beat Nets
  • [cbssports.com] NBA scores, highlights: Jimmy Butler lifts 76ers with latest game-winning shot; Magic cool off LeBron’s Lakers
  • New York Knicks 108 – Detroit Pistons 115 – Game Recap

    Hello losing my old friend, I’ve come to talk about you again.

    After the three-win streak that we just endured, finally a consolatory loss, and with a kinda better minute distribution from Fiz. The game was ugly (our Bockers ended up shooting 39.6% from the field, but entering the second half their percentage was under 30, welp) and much less closer than the final scores indicates; there were times tonight when watching those two teams playing that I caught myself wondering if I was witnessing some sort of impromptu post-modern art performance. Guys fouled like crazy (usual and unusual suspects) and in the end Blake Griffin was just too much for any of our defenders. In the closing minutes, out of frustration (and necessity) Fizdale dusted off a previously horrendous Frank to defend on Blake, and while he did a decent job at defending Blake (but kept on sucking extremely hard at the game of basketball) the score was well out of reach, so it didn’t count. Every other guy was bullied and torched by a curly, burly Motown discount version of LeBron James. But a loss is a loss, so rejoice!

    The good:

    – Allonzo Trier (24 pts, 10 rebs, 7 ast, -6 +/-) makes you wonder why in the hell the Knicks haven’t already cut someone to sign him, and not out of astonishment at Iso Zo’s feats; there is an opportunity cost lurking around the corner, and it says “The later you sign him to a real contract, the more it is gonna you cost”. I mean, our man got close to a triple double and was the driving force behind a very fake and weak comeback in the fourth. It’s pretty clear that Fizdale trusts him to be our closer, especially on nights where THJ doesn’t have it – and that might mean a lot of nights by the end of the season. The last sentence, while serving its duty as our daily reminder that our roster stinks (your closer is an undrafted guy on a two-way contract!), could make Trier think twice before accepting whatever lowball offer the Knicks will throw at him. What could have cost you 2 million a year might now cost 3 or more. Every game where Zo puts up those numbers and does so on 11 shots is gonna raise the price. An undrafted rookie rocking a .612 TS% (third among all rookies) on 20.4 USG% is the stuff of your dreams, even if he’s an older rookie. There have been 8 games this year where a rookie has put a GameScore of 23+: Zo has two of them (the others: Ayton twice, Doncic, Jackson Jr, Young, Carter Jr). It has to be said that while his offense was pretty much pristine, his defense was uncharacteristically lackadaisical. Ok, Ish Smith is a longtime Knicks killer, but he got where he wanted all night and Zo never did anything to stop him. I hope that Zo is not one of those guys that after having made it just gives up on defense.

    – Someone has any effing idea why Damyean Dotson (17 pts, 1 reb, 1 stl, +5 +/-) could not find any playing time in the last 4 games and had to be taken off the shelf only because of urgent foul trouble? He’s by far – by far – better that any other 3/4 wing we have. I can’t shake this feeling that Perry is constantly in Fiz’s ear telling him to play his precious Mario. More importantly, Dot doesn’t give up. Like an utmost professional, he stepped into the game and proceeded to score 17 on 8 shots in 23 minutes. He could have been a little better on defense and on the boards, but you can’t have it all. I just hope that Fizdale never buries him again, it’s the only very baffling things he did in the recent winning streak. I don’t know about those trade rumors, too. Do we have to trust our front office with getting a good return from an unheralded second round pick on a uber team friendly contract? I don’t. Let’s hope Dot sticks around.

    The bad:

    – Frank Ntilikina (0 everything, -5 +/-) played one of the worst transparent games I’ve ever seen. The only thing preventing him from earning a cool 16 trillions was bricking 3 shots, fouling 3 guys and turning the ball over once. I’m a fan of Frank for evidently irrational reasons, but it gets harder and harder each day to think we didn’t make a serious mistake picking him at 8th last year. His game was so ugly that I can’t even remember anything about him on defense, save for the couple possessions when he was assigned to Griffin. Hey, what do you say if we pretend (paraphrasing what someone suggested in one of the last threads) that Dotson was our 2017 first round pick and Frank was our second round pick? Maybe we could shift expectations and apologetic contortions.

    – Trey Burke (6 pts, 1 reb, 12.5% FG, -18 +/-) has turned into a pumpkin again. It’s unbelievable how much variance affects his games. Or not! Actually, his success is predicated on being a marksman on the least efficient type of shots in the game: the long two-pointer. If it doesn’t fall, you have a 6’1″ mountain of bricks staring at you, and that shot usually comes and goes. His game-low plus/minus tells the same story. It’s no coincidence that our defacto PG in the last quarter was Trier.

    – I guess Mitchell Robinson’s (2 pts, 5 rebs, 1 blk, -13 +/-) scout report is officially out. His second consecutive mention here it’s not exactly his fault, it’s more about experience and tendencies that can and will be corrected. That said, it’s become obvious that he has no way of stopping crafty, huge big men near the rim without fouling them; the same can be said about speedy driving guards who are not afraid of contact. Another night prematurely ended by six quick fouls. It has to be said that giving him the Griffin assignment was like dropping a hurt, bloodied puppy on a sea full of hungry sharks, and Griffin caused the fouling out of Vonleh and Hezonja too. Growing pains, guys!

    – Kevin Knox (4 pts, 3 rebs, 14.3& FG, -4 +/-) is, right now, a terrible basketball player. You had to hear the deflated, defeated somber tone used by Mike Breen late in the fourth quarter in referring to Knox: “Knox really looks lost, Clyde”. It was a torrent of sadness, as if a million neurons were facepalming in unison like tiny synchronized swimmers. And Breen has been with this team through a lot of bad times. He was there when the East was big. When Beno passed the ball. When Mardy Collins was playing for us. And I’ve never heard anything so dreary come out of his mouth. But Knox is the perfect recipe for piling losses, so yay! I can be happy again! …or not.

    Fun-sized bits:

    – Enes with another double double. Guy is a machine. A slow, overpayed, self-inflated one, but a machine nonetheless. I wish we were in the 90s to trade him for a king’s ransom. We’ll end up buying him out instead. But his terrible defense is pivotal to our tank effort, so until March maybe it’s cool (if Mitch really can’t stay on the court).

    – Mudiay with a vintage Mudiay performance. Do I have to act surprised?

    – Chuck Hardaway’s numbers in his last 4 games (3 W, 1L): 17.3 ppg on 32.3 FG% (47.3 TS%). At least he reduced his usage to just 23%.

    – Frank’s TS% is 43.5. His 2017-18 was 43.7. I think we would be excused if we started thinking about him as a non-shooter.

    – If Vonleh has foul trouble issues, the whole team suffers. Tonight it was really apparent. His game is pure substance, even when posting mediocre numbers (6 pts, 7 rebs, 1 ast, 3 blks). He keeps on shooting the three at a .400+ clip, though.

    – This would have been the perfect game to unleash a sprinkle of Ron Baker; I’m a bit sad that didn’t happen.

    – Mario is playing a bit better, but nothing that grants him any of Dotson minutes.

    – Stanley Johnson killed our guys tonight with 21 points, and his defense on the perimeter was very good. Is this again my heart saying “Be patient with Frank” in the background?

    Another back-to-back for us tomorrow against the 76ers. Don’t know why but I have a feeling that we’re gonna win. Let’s see if I’m wrong (I hope to be)!

    Knicks Morning News (2018.11.28)

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