This is a big game for the Knicks. The Grizzlies aren’t an amazing team, but they’re definitely what I would count as a good team, and thus, this is a perfect opportunity for the Knicks to finally beat a good team. Not counting the Bucks game where the Bucks took a scheduled loss, the Knicks haven’t beaten a team who had a winning record when the Knicks played them in over two months. That just sounds like an absurd stat, right? It’s been over two months since the Knicks beat a team who had a winning record when they played (excepting the Bucks game, but, well, come on now).
So this Grizzlies team is ripe for the plucking. Plus, it has two other matchups we can root for, like RJ Barret trying to outdo Ja Morant, who was taken one pick ahead of him, and Immanuel Quickley hopefully outperforming Desmond Bane, who was taken five picks after Quickley and is hitting 44.6% (?!?!?!) of his threes this season.
That the Grizzlies are playing so well without Jaren Jackson is quite impressive. Grayson Allen has been having a hot streak.
Let’s go get back to within a game of .500, Knicks!