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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Summer League Recap: Knicks 71, Blazers 69

Despite shooting paltry 34.3 percent from the field and 27.8 percent from three, but the New York SummerKnicks eked out a less-than-pretty 71-69 victory over a Portland SummerBlazers squad that featured a lot of guys that will be in their regular season rotation.

The Good:

Tim Hardaway Jr. is a 3-point gunner, we know that, but Summer League Hardaway Jr. is a totally different beast. The former Michigan Wolverine scored a game-high 20 points including 3-of-8 from beyond the arc. Hardaway took a lot of shots, but the leading gunner of the day was Brandon Triche, a former Syracuse guard, who jacked up five 3s in just 11 minutes of action, and connected on zero of them.

I really liked what I saw out of the Knicks’ two second-round picks, Cleanthony Early and Thanasis Antetokounmpo, but for very different reasons.

Early shot the ball with a lot of confidence in the first half. You could tell Early is used to being the guy¬†on a team, and that should help ease his transition into the League. He went 3-of-8 from the field and 1-of-2 from beyond the arc while doing a nice, active job on the boards, grabbing six rebounds. I can’t say what exactly it is, but he just gives off that “I’m going to be a rotation player for the next ten years” vibe.

Thanasis is like that guy in pick-up who presses all game long, jumps around and is just an all-out pest on the basketball court. He’s somebody you’d hate to be matched up against, but if he’s on your team he’s a lot of fun because of how active he is on the floor. And then, in the 3rd quarter, we got this (Via @cjzero)

Shane Larkin’s game-winning floater. It was pretty.

The Bad:

Shannon Brown 4-on-1 breaks. *Shivers*.

It would have been nice to see Jeremy Tyler have a good game with Cole Aldrich sitting out, and … he didn’t deliver. He shot 2-of-9 from the floor, had four turnovers and six personal fouls. There are just a lot of dudes on the Knicks’ roster right now. Some strong LVSL performances would go a long ways to helping the powers that be make up their minds. Like with Cole, who got a two-year deal hard on the heels of a boffo 15-rebound performance. See that, Jeremy? Do what Cole does.

Clyde Quote Of The Game:

Next game is Monday at 4:00 EST against the Charlotte Hornets on MSG. Oh yeah, Melo’s coming back. Sort of a big deal. Go SummerKnicks!

2 comments on “Summer League Recap: Knicks 71, Blazers 69

  1. nicos

    Really ugly game despite the win. Thanasis isn’t close to being ready. You can see he has a chance to be a good defender but he got beat off of the dribble repeatedly by over-playing guys and that’s when he’s not taking terrible fouls 40 feet from the basket. To me he’s a bit like Toney Douglas- a guy who looks like he’s really defending while actually being pretty crappy. Nice to see Early grab some boards- he really needs to hit the weight room (disappointing considering he’s already 23) but he looks like a really good spot-up shooter and unlike a lot of rookies doesn’t try to do too much- if he can put on 10-15 pounds I think he can be a solid rotation guy. Very disappointed in Tyler- outside of taking a couple of charges he didn’t get much done. He passed out of the post with good intentions but poor results- I guess the fact that it was clear he was trying to play good triangle basketball is a plus but I expected a lot more from him. Larkin’s been a disappointment so far as well- he had some good moments defensively but got beat off the dribble way too much and he really hasn’t shown much in the way of playmaking ability through the first two games though some of that may just be from getting used to the triangle.

    Oh and THJ likes to shoot a lot.

  2. Jack Bauer

    Larkin hit a beautiful game winning floater, did you see that? Give him a little credit for that and grabbing 7 rebounds, which is pretty good for a guy his size.

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