The Knicks host the Chicago Bulls at the Garden as the warm-up to the highly anticipated Christmas match-up between the Knicks and the Philadelphia 76ers.
The last time the Knicks faced the Bulls, it was on the second game of a back-to-back in Chicago where the Knicks beat the Bulls so badly that I thought that Billy Donovan was going to commit seppuku in the middle of the third quarter, that’s how badly his Bulls disgraced both him and themselves as a professional basketball team. Just an absolute total bunch of losers. They then followed up that embarrassing loss to the Knicks by giving up 150 in a loss in the first game of their current road trip.
So the Bulls presumably want to redeem themselves after almost driving their coach to ritual suicide, and they recently beat the Heat, so they’re not on some insane losing streak or anything like that, but boy, the Knicks really ought to give these losers another beatdown.
The quest for 49 still remains apace!
Let’s go, Knicks!
170 replies on “2022-23 Game Thread: Knicks vs. The Second City…Oh, Wait, Some OTHER Jokes from Chicago”
No Ball, Green, Caruso, or Jones. Outstanding!
Glue-Grimes is available! Let’s Go Knicks!
Nice anthem…bodes well for the game…
Looking forward to a new streak.
Grimes getting right to it.
So much hustle on that 1st shot
JFC can someone hit a free throw?
The Bulls must have scouted the Raptors game. They are focused on stopping Brunson.
No idea has aged more poorly than the idea that Mitchell Robinson is easily replaceable
Knicks do not look good so far
turnovers. missed fts. iso offense.
please re-group, gentlemen.
We’re doing our best to lose this game, turnovers, missing FTs, bad vibes including Lavine’s last-second shot… I’m worried
well if LaVine’s gonna try, then all bets are off, right?
The Bulls are playing better defense than they did in Chicago, but NY is playing like crap.
Probably the worst quarter I’ve seen the Knicks play since before the winning streak…
No other sight I dread more than Julius Randle bringing the ball upcourt…in what reality does our coaching staff think that is a good thing?
The Bulls are super hot from three and the Knicks are right there, this is not a big deal. But yes, it would be nicer if they cut the shit out and put these losers away.
During a break in the action I was checking in on Kevin Durant’s season so far.
In the Nets 32 games so far, he’s shot under 50% in only 3 of them. His TS% is an ungodly 67%.
I mean, we talk a lot about Jokic winning another MVP, and rightly so. But Durant is playing at a ridiculous level right now.
RJ’s playing like a tentpole franchise player right now.
Everything about this team changes if he gets there consistently.
RJ looks like a real NBA player going to the basket lately.
The Knicks are making one too many passes too often and it’s leading to TOs.
Mitch ain’t as bad as Nerlens with his mitts…but he can’t catch shit
RJ the MONSTA
Drummond with good dunk pass to RJ. 😂
RJ’s TS% may be up to 53% by now. 😜
This is gonna do wonders for RJ’s 10 game TS%
RJ is astounding and confounding
Fun half but it terrifies me when Levine plays well in front of Dolan
RJ on a mission tonight, you love to see it. Very entertaining end to the 2nd
Nice shift by the bench to keep us in this game…
“Fun half but it terrifies me when Levine plays well in front of Dolan”
The good news is that he supposedly wants to go to LA.
Loving RJ’s performance tonight, but we really can’t fuck around with this team.
Need to put the hammer down in the 3rd quarter.
I wasn’t worried about the Knicks taking control of the game, but RJ just outright dominating at the end of the second quarter was a nice surprise. He looked like a superstar in that last nine minutes or so.
RJ appears to be over that cold
would like to see Mitch with more than one rebound at the half.
Those butcherbox.com guys must have a big ad budget…
Mitch May not have his usual bounciness given that he just had some sort of groin issue
They can’t guard you, RJ! This is the period where these losers fall apart! Take it to them!
Brian, are you conjuring the Maple Mamba? 😉
LaVine is such a dumbass. I want no part of that dude.
Brian I am not sure the Knicks have taken control of the game yet
No way that’s a foul on RJ.
No way they win this challenge…vuyahchich was so emasculated…he did that review motion…
That has to count…he didn’t push off…maybe no foul either way…
😱 😱 😱
Love watching what RJ is doing tonight but I still can’t deal with these games when the Knicks D is so awful.
we riot if that’s a foul
What the hell happened?
I didn’t understand the call
“I still can’t deal with these games when the Knicks D is so awful.”
+1 and we’re playing too fast.
Grimes has to knock that one down. Momentum killer.
I mean … ok, yeah seems like it makes sense to take out RJ there. Whatever. He’s old.
He came out so he can go back in with the second unit that has Sims and Hart
Can’t believe I can’t watch the best game RJ will ever have as a Knick
man the Bulls are making some tough fucking shots
Brunson having a rough game…
Deuce scoring in the lane
This unit’s no bueno. Enough already.
Every time I think the Knicks can’t play worse defense they prove me wrong…
Why was Coby White wide ass open?
That non 24 second play was a killer.
This game has gut punch loss written all over it.
There’s zero chance both Evan Fournier and Cam Reddish wouldn’t improve this unit.
“Brunson having a rough game…”
The game plan by Toronto and now Chicago seems to be make things really difficult on Brunson and force RJ and Randle to beat them.
League’s figuring Knick Brunson out
The defense is looking a lot like early in the season. WIDE open 3s.
Is Sims a Vulcan?
I never see any emotion.
Rj giving derozan some of his own medicine
RJ’s clowning DeMar.
This is a fun game, nice plays both ways…
Vucevic and Drummond did a great job on Mitch. He has been irrelevant.
If RJ can play this way consistently …
LaVine takes some incredibly dumb shots, he must drive Billy Donavan crazy
I don’t really think it counts as “figuring someone out” when they post near 1 PPS, 8+ assists, and one turnover after facing consistent doubles. It sounds like instead he’s picking them apart with his passing on a bad shooting night
Got used to easy wins these back and forth games are tough for my blood pressure lol
The Bulls have some tough guys to defend but our defense has been terrible.
get some stops
Derozan getting frustrated
Good opportunity to show maturity and close this out. With Brunson, let’s hope so.
Wow, apparently I missed the RJ game…
Horrible call. That could be the game.
If you are successful on a challenge you should get another.
looks like the league has figured out RJ
RJ playing hero ball now…I was concerned about that.
This is the kind of hero ball RJ has to avoid. He’s not at that level yet. He just thinks he is. We don’t want RJ isolating even when he’s going well. His shots and opportunities have to come in the flow of the game.
Knicks playing like a bunch of dumbasses now
The execution has been terrible down the stretch. This is where we really need Brunson. He’s the only one that won’t melt down mentally.
The refs lost control of this one…
Nice play out of the double there by RJ.
Hell yea, Randle!
Remember when Randle couldn’t make free throws late
I think I’m fine with RJ going iso.
Ben Simmons has remembered how to play basketball.
This game is taking years out of my life!
that was a real tough shot
We best get comfortable with RJ iso, b/c they’re going to it by design. Brunson not even pretending to initiate down the stretch.
Foul on levine…these refs blow
RJ is unstoppable tonight. Gotta hold onto this lead.
The game should be over, but FTs 🙄🙄🙄
Lol nice, RJ, but that’s not a travel?
Grimes man, gotta hit those!
But wow RJ.
This team has beaten the cold-hearted realist out of me. I love them.
FT shooting is gonna kill us!
We don’t deserve to win this.
This is going to end badly isn’t it?
Why are good FT shooters bricking here late???
We can’t stop their guards from getting a good shout or drawing a foul. We need to get very lucky here.
That game winner was about as certain as you can get. What a terrible terrible loss. Terrible call by the refs on Mitch, missed FTs etc…
This was destiny
Cue BBA – this would be the worst…
“Good opportunity to show maturity and close this out. With Brunson, let’s hope so.”
— or not.
Is that a tech?
What a fucking annoying 4th quarter, ending with this bullshit…
Big picture we easily win this game if people who can make FTs make their FTs but man this is frustrating, and now we have 2 days of E being a hater until Christmas
Yeah the good vibes are over, this season is headed back to maybe being lucky to get into the play in.
BBA didn’t call it, but I know he thought it. And there it is.
Worst loss of the season… and there really can’t be a worse one the rest of the season
Relapse on D, plus bricked FTs late that should have put this one away. We deserved the L. Period.
Well, time to bounce back against Philly…
I didn’t have “RJ Barrett plays like Michael Jordan but we lose” on my bingo card
The fucking free throws…
That was like a roto-rooter colonoscopy…
Practice those free throws, fellas.
I blame Cronin. Probably
The odd thing is that you WANTED Brunson on the line there…
I’m not shocked Grimes was feeling the heat, but Brunson missing 2 was terrible and shocking. Anyone can miss 1, but when you miss 2, it was most likely the pressure.
***This team has beaten the cold-hearted realist out of me. I love them.***
And then reality beats the shit out of you all over again.
Regression to the mean is rough
Never count reality out. Not against the Knicks.
A couple tough losses but they’re still doing good things out there. Just need to hit foul shots. Not worried.
Barrett was great, but I mean, he still had 6 turnovers… and Brunson, Jeez… I hope he’s not turning back into a pumpkin. He’s been shooting like shit.
There’s just something specially annoying to lose on a DeRozan jumper at the end that I can’t quite explain, it just brings the worst out of me.
At least RJ played a great game, but the 4th quarter was so annoying to watch with the bad foul calls on our end and the turnovers and missed free throws. What a waste of a great performance.
What to say. So much good and then a complete and utter mental collapse — BUT —
Glad they had this “rep” of trying/failing to close one out. The experience is better than a blowout win in many ways. Learn from it.
RJ, Randle, and IQ had very good games. IQ’s third in a row. Build on it.
E, please take it easy tomorrow. Optimist Island is building affordable housing 😉
Was the final shot the only Bulls lead in the second half?
If Grimes or Brunson make 1 FT we’re probably worst case in OT
Might need to put the brakes on Grimes is a great defender.
The only thing I can say is that it’s tough to beat a team 3 times in 9 days…
If this game was in Chicago like last week Knicks win but at this point any close game at MSG the road team is gonna win every time.
“And then reality beats the shit out of you all over again.”
“Was the final shot the only Bulls lead in the second half?”
Yes. It was tied at 98 and at 112.
I’m still beating on the drum they need to trade Cam and Fournier yesterday and not just for draft picks, an actual player that could help the bench would be pretty useful right about now.
They could help the bench. They’re better than Sims and McBride.
Is what it is.
The Bulls are such a weird team. They have some of the best shot creators (defined as a guy who can get you a reasonably efficient look without being assisted) in the game, but that is literally all they have. They’re basically designed to not be very good, but be able to pull out close games if you let them stay in it.
The fucking free throws, man. We let them stay in it.
Good thing is the Knicks are on the road next week so this losing streak shouldn’t last more than 3 or 4 games.
That was a real “holy shit” game from RJ, though. It wasn’t just a hot night (although he was hot). His strength around the rim was the opposite of what we’re used to seeing. A game like that earns patience because he could be something if he gets stronger. And oh look, what’s that, RJ? Is that a 6 month supply of anabolic steroids in your stocking with a note that says “From Hubie, with love”? I think it might be.
If you want to feel less depressed, do not, I repeat, do not look at Halliburton’s box score tonight.
Oh and he just beat Miami with a 3
I think that’s two fluky losses in a row tbh. We’re fine. If we drop both of Philly and Dallas then I’ll be worried again.
DeMar DrRozan is the one clutch Bull. So that sucked.
Honestly, though, I chalk this up to the same as the overtime defeat of the Bulls, in that I don’t think we learned anything really one way or the other. It was just a weird game, and that was that. They won one weird game, and now they lost one.
Holy shit, Thibs’ face at the end of that game!
Brunson hurt his chances of being the inaugural winner of the Jerry West award.
File this under not being able to enjoy nice things: the Knicks, despite their 7 game winning streak, aren’t the hottest team in the east over the past two weeks. It’s the other NY team. And they aren’t the second hottest team either. The lol Orlando Magic are.
missed the end to this game but RJ performance’s was really encouraging…
and reason #1000 why TS and TS+ is not a good fwd looking indicator.. is that after these last two games RJ is at a .541 TS% which is a career high thanks to a 3pt% that is now sitting at 33% after sitting in westbrook territory for most of the year… things that rely on 3pt% can change very drastically this early in the season…
Maybe if we played Reddish guys would have made their free throws
Spoiler: Haliburton is really good and we could have had him but million-dollar executives are total fucking morons and I’m sitting here better than them at their jobs pecking away at my IBM personal computer in my mother’s basement
Hield and Halliburton 17-27 from three.
I want to kill the Kings but Sabonis is having a great year
Still kill them. It was an absurd trade.