2016 Quick Recap: Knicks 84 Spurs 94

A few quick notes about tonight’s game:

* The Spurs just took the Knicks out of their comfort zone. It seemed like every other play New York was having a hard time getting the ball to an open guy or taking a contested shot. In a game like basketball, all those low percentage shots add up…

* Porzingis will be remembered for doing this (unless ‘Melo broke his neck landing on him later in the game):

But the rookie showed more than that single play. He had some great rebounds and blocked shots, and showed energy all over the court. There were lots of flashes tonight, but his first baby step will be to not foul so he can stay in the game.

* Grant and Galloway both had energetic games as well. Grant had some nice slashes to the hoop, while Langston was like glue on the Spurs guards all night. There is hope here as well.

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31 thoughts to “2016 Quick Recap: Knicks 84 Spurs 94”

  1. I loved Zinger’s rebounding tonight!

    This was a reasonable enough loss. Just keep developing, Zinger, Galloway and Grant!!

  2. Yep I second all of this. I think the Knicks can beat bad teams with just the effort they play with. They need to work on offensive wrinkles. Too many jumpshots tonight and they weren’t falling

  3. I wasn’t sure Porzingis would literally ever have a 14 rebound game when we drafted him

  4. Loved the way KP rebounded tonight. 14 rebounds…awesome effort by the rook! Hope he’s doing fine…my heart skipped a beat when I saw him on the floor. Almost cried….

  5. Hey KB team – are you guys planning to individual player recaps and grades like we used to? It was my favorite part of the blog, and I’m hoping you guys go back to that. I can’t count the number of times I cried laughing at some of the awesome jokes you guys would write night in and night out.

    Thanks!

  6. Man, it would be so great to root for this young team, warts and all, if not for the ugly max-contract carcass of a once high-volume scorer spoiling the moment. I don’t think the Knicks would do much worse without him.

    Porzingis is a solar-size ray of hope for the not-so distant future. If we could just package Melo and Calderon for a bag of donuts…

  7. Feeble boy child Karl Towns with a puny 2 rebounds so far tonight. Me, I’d be embarrassed to call myself a number one pick if some Spanish point guard was pulling down 4x the number of rebounds that I was, but like I said, that’s just me. I guess some guys have no sense of pride.

  8. Just 10 more rebounds in the next 2 minutes and you can be like Porzingis, Karlito. And Wiggins is giving you so many opportunities

  9. Funny that CNB didnt say a word after Melo’s game on Saturday but he’s back tonight after Melo struggled going up against probably the best individual defender in the NBA.

  10. One thing about this tough opening month schedule is that the team will get to build chemistry while playing against the best teams in the league. They play every top team except the Warriors and clippers this month

  11. Funny that CNB didnt say a word after Melo’s game on Saturday but he’s back tonight after Melo struggled going up against probably the best individual defender in the NBA.

    I had 3 chances to comment on Melo’s terrible game. I used one – he’s getting a great deal!

    I guess one good game out of four makes him untouchable in the view of some. To me, it makes him a player hard to root for. Highly unlikeable. Grossly overrated.

  12. Not an unexpected result, so can’t be too bummed about the loss. Grant and Galloway looked good. I would like to see Grant just be that little bit more selfish though on some of those drives and finish. Just doing the rookie thing and trying to do the team first thing, which I guess isn’t that bad.

    If you are letting Melo’s contract bother you, then you probably aren’t going to enjoy any of the season to be honest.

  13. CNB ,
    your constant negativity towards Melo in particular gets old. Trade him for a bag of donuts? Come on man, he may not be as good as he thinks he is, but he can score. See Saturday night vs. Washington- 37 points.

    The Spurs are really good so this loss is not that bad. Some good moments including Zingers dunk and FOURTEEN rebounds. Grant and Galloway continue to impress. This team is so much more fun to watch.

  14. Agree with you Jack, this team is really fun to watch and root for. They play hard all game, and seem to really be buying into team-first ball. They have their share of miscues, but the overall IQ of the team is way up. Good job by Fisher so far…

  15. CNB ,
    your constant negativity towards Melo in particular gets old

    Not as old or tiring as the delusional fanboyism of people like you who have spent years on this blog pretending Melo is something other than a greatly diminished version of a player that was never that great begin with.

    And you know what? I have a right to express my opinion once in a while – when was the last time I wrote anything about Melo?

    Trade him for a bag of donuts? Come on man, he may not be as good as he thinks he is, but he can score. See Saturday night vs. Washington- 37 points.

    What about the other 3 games? I guess one good game out of four does a superstar make.

  16. So… Porzingis after 4 games has per-36 numbers of 17.8/12.5 with 2.7 steals and 1.5 blocks – and a TRB% of 18.5. TS only 47 but I think that will come. Wow. He was easily the best player for the Knicks last night. Oh right, he turned 20 like 5 minutes ago. Forget 5 years from now – he’s going to be a monster as early as next year or the year after if he plays with this level of activity.

    I’m not particularly worried about Melo despite CNB. He didn’t play well yesterday obviously, but a lot of that has to do with Kawhi, who is just OUTSTANDING. What a player. He’s like the Revis Island of the NBA circa 2009-11. Anyway back to Melo- if you look at his shots, he is taking (and missing) a lot of shots you want him to take. his catch/shoot and uncontested shot FG% are extremely low for him, and well below where you will expect him to be. He’ll be fine.

  17. Not as old or tiring as the delusional fanboyism of people like you who have spent years on this blog pretending Melo is something other than a greatly diminished version of a player that was never that great begin with.

    You have every right to say anything you like about Melo. So can I.

    Melo draws the attention of the opposition EVERY time. He was blanketed by the reigning defensive player of the year on a team that I would consider one of the favorites to win the title. When he got away from Leonard he encounted the wall called Aldridge and Duncan. The reason he commands attention is because great NBA coaches know that if they can stop Anthony, they can stop the Knicks. That is called respect and getting that kind of respect from Popovich is very telling.

  18. You have every right to say anything you like about Melo. So can I.

    Oh, absolutely! I would be the first one to defend your right to express an opinion regardless of what I think of it.

    Like I said before: Melo has had 3 bad games and a very good one. I criticized him once in four games – that should not be a problem, except for the groupies who can’t take any criticism when it’s directed at the object of their adulation. They need to grow up.

  19. I am not really that taken back by Melo’s play last night. He shot the ball horribly but his play picked up inn thee 2nd half. He went 2-6 from the field and 7/8 at the line in the 3rd. Then in the 4th he came back in and missed an open three after Porzingis passed up an wide open 3 off a pass from Melo in the PnP. His other FG attempt was when he fell on Kris with 2 minutes left and the game was basically over. He pretty much kept the ball moving in the 4th when he came back in. There was just a long stretch in the 4th where the Knicks mad mistake after mistake and could not cut the lead while the Spurs where sputtering. I remember a bad Gallo pass when he tried to throw it behind the back to Melo after he grabbed a tough board sandwiched in between two Kristaps turnovers, a charge and he dribbled it off his foot.

  20. This was the first game where I thought the other teams defense really shut us down. In the other games, even the loss to Atlanta, I felt the offense was ok or good. With Atlanta, we just couldn’t stop their offense. Here we scored only 85 points and the offense looked as bad as that number suggests. Neither the first team nor the second team could do much. I actually found myself thinking “they should do some more Triangle stuff”, because although they did pass a lot, there just wasn’t enough motion without the ball.

  21. This was pretty much the first time I ever remember seeing Melo completely overmatched by his defender. I’ve seen a lot of bad Melo games as a Knicks fan, but they’re usually some combination of Melo doing stupid shit and a team focusing their defense on Melo. Kawhi is really incredible as a man to man defender.

  22. Umm against the bucks melo was great, he did everything but score incredibly well, and his offense wasn’t missed, I’ll take 12 pt 8 rb 5 asst, drawing double teams all day melo every night

  23. Zinger looks great…but I just have a bad feeling he will get hurt all the time…..just a real bad feeling…like big man foot syndrome a la Yao Ming, Zydrunas style

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