The Knicks head to Chicago for a matchup against the Chicago DeRozan/LeVines.
The Bulls are extremely shorthanded, with Tony Bradley being pretty much their only center, but the Knicks will be without Mitchell Robinson, as he’s dealing with a concussion from his scary smack to the face in last night’s game. Luckily, Nerlens Noel will play and there’s a chance Taj Gibson will be good to go against his old team.
The Knicks really need to make a statement win tonight in this tough seven game stretch.
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240 replies on “2021-22 Game Thread: Knicks @ Bulls”
Bing Bong! (It worked yesterday?)
If only we could play the worst team in the league every night.
WIld set of events in the Lakers Pistons games
Lezbron should get suspended for a couple of games
2 game suspension at most…
Isaiah Stewart was as angry as I’ve seen an NBA player since maybe the malice in the palace, they really couldn’t get him off the floor
Maybe Lebron wanted to get suspended to duck the Knicks
Copied my comment from the last thread with a couple of replays:
Ooh, you mean the Lakers-Pistons game? Dirty play by Lebron. Full replay here: https://streamable.com/ymfu3y
Better angle: https://streamable.com/66oij7
Let’s Go Knicks!
Stewarts right eye and mouth were all bloody from the elbow really nasty shot
I won’t say this is as bad as the Rockets’ first quarter, but it’s trying. And lots of time left to take first place…
Seems like it was a hard hammer blow with his wrist/side hand.
Offense looking bad again…
Randle and Barrett need to change their names to Turnovers & Bricks….
Randle is just giving possessions away. Over and over.
Can’t win if you can’t even get a shot off.
The Randle iso offense not really working
Fournier is having a good day too…
So, did the league totally figure out Randle?
“Toto, I have a feeling we’re not playing Houston anymore “
We should dump him as soon as we can … he’s the pits …
Quick hook on the starters at least, although they pulled Noel due to fouls.
Most lineup staggering we’ve seen this year I think?
Kemba is doing absolutely nothing on either end. At least Fournier made a couple of plays.
That’s what it looked like to me….very intentional. Should get suspended for taking a punch at a guy’s face.
Kemba given only one job … pass to Randle posting up at 3 point line… I can’t stand it
I’m not watching the game being at work at the moment, but per the box score Burks and Quickley are in together again. Giving what Thibs has said about it being important how lineups okay together it seems like he is seriously checking this line up out.
I don’t know, he’s by far the leading Knicks’ scorer so far
Poor pistons melting down. God I hate the Lakers
bad D but RJ missing a bunny is the reason why that happened
So tired of RJ at this point.
Gosh Barrett is worst right now. What the hell happened to him … it has to be mental
RJ literally can’t do anything right now
That was a nice ovation they gave Rose, maybe that will fire him up…
Maybe the Lakers are suddenly fighting hard to defend LeBron because Stewart had the gall to hit Lebrons fist and elbow with his head.
RJ Bricks has missed some incredible easy shots tonight…
Randle has taught me to dislike Randle.
Thank goodness it’s Obi time.
I think Nerlens should not have been put back in…
Send RJ to the G League. Unless there is an H League, then send him to that
Noel our only center (Burks actually came in for him earlier!). Three fouls.
And it’s Sims time! One M!
Mitch is swollen with RJ’s shooting ability
The defense has been pretty good, only one instance of leaving a good shooter wide open by my count. Gotta get easier looks than we’re getting on offense.
Yea that was stupid … reminds me of myself betting bad odds because I have a feeling… I had an 0-for betting NFL today FYI … I’m the worst
Grimes! This is great!
Lol RJ is 28 for his last 100.
Four guards and Sims is the current lineup? Thibs is being flexible and interesting. I’d love to be able to see what that looks like.
Ugly, but prettier than yesterday…
Good for Thibs being flexible with lineups
The extra staggered lineup is taking some juice outta my fandom. Its just not as exciting to watch … especially since it’s not working yet
Grimes got a few seconds there.
Just tuning in. Missed the first. Ruh roh.
Obadiah! That’s the right shot.
I like the Obi/Jericho backcourt
Young Jeff Bezos is killing us
I’ll be watching Succession in 10 minutes.
Somehow the Knicks are more annoying to watch than this year’s Yankees.
I haven’t found this terribly frustrating because I think it’s the best we’ve looked on defense in a while. On offense…well, congratulations to everyone who thought we were taking too many 3s.
They gonna do a Noah night every time the Knicks visit? Talk about salt in the wound.
It’s sad that the Lakers won the game after LeBron dirty play…
Dosonmu looks good…
C’mon! 24 sec violation. Good D. Let’s go.
iq has clearly improved defensively this year. jericho looks like a cat chasing a laser pointer out there.
I’m shocked that this game is so close
With the exception of the ones taken by Stephen Curry, I hate transition threes…
Quick and Burks are our best players right now, which is actually not a good thing
I am bemused that Caillou on D is kicking Randle’s ass.
Third game in a row that a Knicks’ opponent has banked a three…
RJ the new Frank
Please put Grimes back in for RJ. That was just untenable.
Derozan had no business hitting that shot
RJ Bricks is the new Plague?
Man, RJ has been unplayable lately
It’s ok we’re a great 3rd quarter team
Starting now. How are we doing?
The two man game between RJ and Randle could be the worst of our offense.
Oh man, i start with a pass from Julius to the… referee!?
I came in time to watch the first points from RJ !?
RJ having a solid defensive game at least.
There is just NO ball movement from the starters. Toss it in to Randle, he can’t get a shot so he tosses it back out, whoever gets it tosses it back in to Randle, he takes a bad shot. Meanwhile Fournier is wide open.
Of course Fournier won’t actually shoot anymore, so maybe it’s for the best.
Thibs sick of Kemba already
It’s a miracle that we are only down 6 at the half.
Offense terrible but defense very solid.
You guys think this blows up big time … like there’s already rumblings about minutes and roles … do we think shit hits the fan pre all star break …
Sheesh. I’d rather watch Knox right now than RJ.
Thanx, it’s good to know. I was surprised hearing the broadcast saying it was the first points.
Wally Mode Unlocked: “Shooting 35% and only down by 6. Defense and Rose looking good. We got this.”
Saw a shocking stat earlier on twitter-apparently the Lakers have been outscored in the 3rd quarter by more points than any team in the NBA.
New rule proposal: every time a Knicks’ player miss a technical free throw he’ll get a knee to the groin.
I remember back in my 40-something league days having a very bad half and making that same pass, so humiliating.
More babble by Wally
Oh good, they’re showing the LeBron bit next.
Are the players complaining about it or the fans/media (like us)?
Well, at least he ended the half making the last shot. If that isn’t the first time this season, it’s close.
Things I would trade RJ Barrett for:
1. A conditional 2074 second round pick
2. Any third round pick
3. Frank Ntilikina
4. Frank Gorshin
5. A can of franks and beans
6. $100 worth of Dogecoin
7. Some Alf pogs
8. A scratched DVD copy of “Sex And The City 2”
9. A pair of JD and the Straight Shot tickets
Does Wally think slandering Lebron will make us like him.
That Stewart is a hell of a lot bigger than I realized
He was HOT
Can we get Stewart as the new Jets running back? He was just running people over.
It’s a bad night when you have to show highlights from 3 games ago.
RJ playing like ass, but he’s won some games for us in his short career. I still have hope. But maybe he shouldn’t be shouting so much at E4 to clear out so he and Randle can play catch and then toss bricks.
I agree with all unless #10 is a drug-resistant strain…
More important: I’m confused now as to which is the “cool” sports book. Jesse Pinkman’s or Leon Black’s. It’s a dilemma.
Bulls announcers keep talking about Rose like he’s Ghandi.
I’ll admit I don’t track player stats much, but, if RJ already has bad “advanced” stats, and he’s playing even worse at the moment than ever – just how much is he hurting the team right now being out on the court…
Noel push shots will save us…
Three times Kemba brings the ball up, three times we score.
I think if Julius focused Solely on rebounds, he could get over 20 a game easily
At least Randle has the scoring going tonight
Not the night to be bitching about Randle
I want one of those ponchos
That was a LeBron move by Randle
Randle scored this time, but it was a bad, low percentage shot, 8 out of 10 times it’s a wasted possession…
And he did it again 🙂
tough shot julius
I like the way Randle is playing for the most part, and not just because the shots are going in
Kemba doing it on both ends…
At least Randle’s getting back on track.
You watch Randle spinning and spinning and spinning and spinning, and not a single Knick moves to try and get open. Just standing around slack-jawed. I mean he made the shot, but that was ugly on multiple fronts.
Edit: Although somehow we’re a point ahead…?
Julius has it going
Kemba coming alive
So why are the knicks winning ?
Great rebound and pass by Nerlens!
The officiating has been terrible this game, my God
Who are these guys attacking the basket relentlessly?
Small ball gonna finish this game out
Wow these refs! What is going on?
Nice play Kemba to Julius!
randle with the hard roll gotta love that
2020-2021 Julius in the house
Oh shit! Walker and Randle figuring it out.
Screening and rolling Julius is best Julius
It’s not pretty but at least we’re winning
Yeah, you wonder if we see it, why don’t they do that fifty times a game.
I have a fight going on with comment’s moderation tonight…
Kemba and Julius P&R needs to be a backbone of the offense
An arbitrary duel
I said it again: Good Julius is a legit All-Star player.
Looks like we exorcised our curse of the third quarter lethargy and gave it to Chicago
Kudos to RJ for the defensive effort
Thibs forced into the Julius-Obi lineup
Perhaps Kemba Walker wouldn’t lose minutes to Frank Ntilikina
Kemba with a masterful third quarter.
Randle and Fournier 2-17 combined…
Randles shot chart should be 66% from 5ft in
2 of our starters are 2-17 and we’re winning
Yes. First team finally doing what we keep saying they should do.
Any difference if Vucevic was out there?
Is MSG Go failing for anyone else besides me? the frustration is making me want to bing my bong.
He’d be raining 3s
I think so…
Randle stained his quarter with that last shot …
Well we could use Mitch and Taj…
Good start to the quarter .
Sunday night game … I remember my disappointment that I was back to school on Monday … poor young me, could only moderately enjoy a 4th quarter …
I didn’t like the way we let DeRozan walk into the lane for two easy jumpers…
This golf commercial is making me violently angry now.
Just play defense … why foul
For sure, but that 3rd Q looked like Kemba and Julius finally watched some tape, or at least the message finally landed. I think we’re only gonna get that in spurts from them. I know we’re not (supposed to be) about armchair psychology, but Kemba does not strike me as the most focused guy over the course of a season.
That kinda sucked…
Well that smells
We kick all the good vibes away in a matter of seconds with two dumb turnovers
(and a bad last minute of the third)…
We have as much blocks (9) than assists, not a good sign for our ball movement…
It’s a punch in the gut when a guy who hasn’t made a 3 pointer this season and a guy who’s a 23% 3 point shooter make back to back 3’s.
That was big…
Hopefully we foul out young Bezos
Toppins help defense has been great
Our offense is kinda doing nothing right now
Taj Gibson already looks like an assistant on the bench…
Who’s gonna close. And starting when?
Obi will be a problem if he gets that 3pt shot down
We gotta win this, i’m having to endure the Bulls broadcast. Oof.
Coby White hates us, he always have…
awell Obi was lungiong out on both of those threes, was that his fault?
Where’s the invisible 6th man?
Cobi White LOVES playing the Knicks
I love IQ’s threes. They actually splash — you can hear the sound through the screen.
This Bulls broadcast is annoying
DeRozan gonna dagger us at some point
is derozan playing 5 for them?
we need to attack the rim relentlessly against this lineup
I guess this Bulls team is pretty darn good after all.
Bezos blew the layup!
Our last offensive possessions have been horrible.
What – what – what is going on with the two-man play with Randle? It didn’t work in the first quarter, and twice now they toss it back to Randle with four seconds left and he couldn’t get anything off. It’s literally madness.
Randle gave great effort getting two boards in a row on fast breaks
Not a great review but whatever…
Yeah, I saw the same. And both times he’s out beyond the 3 pt line. It looks like it’s a team rule or something.
Such a hot head we used the review on wrong play
I did like the Colonel Mustard comment, though.
Now even when Randle plays well the rest of the team wastes it by being ass… this is just straight up not fun to watch.
The Randle complaint department is closed
RJ a lot of Ole with Lavine now
Yeah, that was funny. ;D
Not a terrible loss hopefully we can get the lakers with Lebron getting suspended most likely;
IQ lost his mojo
That was the right shot from IQ. Just no bueno.
EDIT: Kind of surprised Kemba didn’t get back in. It’s not like DRose was crushing it tonight. Must have been for D, but Kemba and Randle had it going a bit.
Not the worst loss of the season, but would be nice to have a bigger cushion with our win-loss record. Those Magic losses are killers.
Did Noel foul out.
Has any team recovered 7 points in 28 seconds? That’s 3 possessions.
No. 5. Kind of surprised he never came back either.
This would be a perfectly good moral victory if we didn’t lose two games to the Magic
This was a winnable game. Too many players shot like shit (Fournier, Barrett, Rose, Quickley).
Good-Julius was here most of the time but we wasted his performance.
Bad start for the heavy stretch.
after a bit of a rough start we played well tonight
Despite bulls going small … I still would like some resistance at rim. Oh well
RJ with cherry on top … another missed layup
No, and I was wondering why he wasn’t in there down the stretch…
A foul losing by 7 with 6 seconds !?
Thibs wanted to go small at the end didnt work out tho
Losing to a pretty good team on the road is not that big of a deal. RJ is still absolutely killing our offense though
I felt like there were a few blow bys … not giving up 3s but then there’s no resistance at rim.
Would be nice if two Knicks could ever get hot at the same time.
Frustration? And then Quickly decides to go in for the uncontested layup with less than one second left. Whatever, I guess.
It may be time to start putting together a Plan A, Plan B and Plan C, for the trade deadline because the problem is not shooting. When this many guys are struggling to be as efficient as they have been in the past, the problem is the personnel fit and offensive system. And we clearly took a step back on defense. The off season moves set us back.
Those random 3s by White and Jones were the turning point. I don’t know why Kemba was sitting in the fourth, was playing really well and probably could’ve given more than Rose did those last minutes.
When is Barrett gonna get out of his funk? We really need a consistent second scorer (honestly just one at this point)
Yeah, probably frustration. I watched since the last 3 min of the 1st half and we played OK. Just not the result we wanted.
Maybe minutes restriction. The first time he didn’t play one of the back to back, and this time he played both.
Has anyone seen the promising version of RJ ? The kids offense is MIA…
I’m pretty sure it’s hard to win in the professional basketball league when two of your starters go 3-19.
Hopefully this game is a step in the right direction the starters didnt look as disjointed as the last few weeks. RJ and Evan need to pick it up shooting wise
First seven games RJ played pretty well.
Agree on this. Seeing Kemba and Julius work things out was a good sign. I wish we had some of those comparatively easy buckets in the fourth.
Also, Obi played another strong game. Would have liked to see him a bit more next to Julius.
And 2 of the 3 main guys from the bench, played 55 mins and shot 7-22.
I got that vibe from the game too. Let’s hope it’s for real.
Or you can say our two forwards went for a combined 43 points and 25 rebounds.
Lies, damned lies, and statistics…
You’re not going to win many close games when you give up 37 points in the 4th quarter.
Loved Randle’s inside and then outside game tonight vs the constant step backs and threes, excellent game by him. RJ on the other hand is playing way below league average and is still a starter. Even if he’s starting Thibs should have Fournied him in the critical part of the 4th. Also didn’t bring back Kemba when he had a groove. Coach didn’t play the players who had it going in the 4th. Loss is on RJ and Thibs
This game has me thinking that RJ is hurt. It’s more than just a shooting slump. The guy can’t even make lightly contested layups anymore, much less three pointers.
He is absolutely killing us, and if the losing continues he should be benched for Burks.
***I’m pretty sure it’s hard to win in the professional basketball league when two of your starters go 3-19.***
You’d think so, yet Steph and Draymond combined to go 3-13 with 5 turnovers tonight and the Warriors still led by 20 points from the 1st quarter basically to the end. (How? They still played their customary great team defense and had their customary 31 assists.)
if we can stay around .500 through january, we should be fine to avoid the play-in thing…
honestly, anything less than a first round victory – would seem like a disappointment considering the expectations built over the summer…
i can be both patient and prudent when it comes to knicks’ basketball…record and fast forward when necessary is the way to go…julius and kemba looked much better together tonight…it seems like a month ago since RJ flexed after finishing at the rim, he had 15 rebounds against the bulls, that’s something…
it’s gonna be really hard to win without either RJ, kemba, or rose getting 20 points that game…quik, burks, evian seem to be that third scoring threat…obi, nerlens, mitch, taj are like found money if they get buckets or shoot free throws…
set us back from what?
getting bounced in the first round, having a “hot” streak to end the year…we’re a mediocre team at the moment, .500 may be generous for our play to date…
got to bet that they’ll get things worked out at some point and rack up a bunch of wins over a three to four week period…we did improve our roster this off-season (kemba, evian), it’s not crazy to think RJ, obi, and quik would improve this year…burks, rose, taj, nerlens are solid vets…thibs has won a couple of awards now for his job…
kemba absolutely should have got more run at the end…
What’s the worst case scenario? Finish with the 7th best record in the east but lose the two play in games, one of them to Charlotte? (Just wondering because, given what I read here, whatever it is it’s probably going to happen:)
Exactly this. For the people that think that if Leon didn’t bet on offense, we’d be much better, go check how Reggie and Elfrid are doing in their play time. Which in Elfrid’s case is a tiny tiny sample, only 83 mins across 6 games. He somehow has managed to lower his 3PAr from .158 to .033, taken from only ONE 3PA in the season. :O And a missed one.
That’s close, but i think i’d be even more disappointed if we missed the play-in altogether.
On the poll, i followed my heart (Knicks), and there’s only 3 votes there. So, it’s me, swift :P, and who else? It’s you Brian, still believing in the 56 wins? 😉
Some bits from the Knicks Film School newsletter, to brighten our Knicks mood a little:
To read the whole thing: https://knicksfilmschool.substack.com/p/lost-and-found
The good news, I guess, is that as of now, the Charlotte pick would convey to us. Albeit in a draft that so far seems to be less impressive than the last one.
Or maybe that’s a chance to incinerate yet another pick and set lots of KB’s threads on fire. 😛