After each game this season, we’ll be taking a look at what the four factors have to say about the game– how the winner won and the loser lost. For an intro to the four factors, see A Layman’s Guide to Advanced NBA Statistics.
Knicks lose to Kings, 118 – 123
Pace Eff eFG FT/FG OREB% TOr NYK 91.0 107.3 42.5% 33.0 36.5 12.7 SAC 111.8 51.7% 39.5 27.7 17.3
Another bad, frustrating loss. You might look at this game and blame Curry’s blown layup at the end of regulation, or Crawford’s and Lee’s misses at the end of the first OT, or the Knicks’ failure to grab a key defensive rebound off a missed free throw at the end of second OT. But games are won and lost not on singular possessions, but over the course of every possession played in the entire game. The Knicks came up short in this department on both ends, accounting for a loss to one of the league’s inferior teams.
Defensively, the Knicks allowed the Kings to score 7.3 points per 100 possessions more than their season average. The Kings shot better from the field, rebounded better offensively, and did more damage from the free throw line than their norms to date, without a dropoff in TO rate.
Offensively, the Knicks failed to capitalize on one of the league’s most porous defenses (29th in defensive efficiency coming into the game). The Kings had been allowing their opponents to score 113.9 points per 100 possessions, but the Knicks only managed 107.3. New York actually did a fine job on the offensive boards, getting to the line, and keeping their TOs down. All of their offensive futility tonight can be chalked up to poor shooting from the field. Crawford and Richardson were the main goats in this respect, combining for 10-35 shooting.
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