The Knicks lost a tough one tonight as they squandered a 23 point 3rd quarter lead. Emotions ran high as Frank and Enes squared off against LeBron. The Garden was into it for the first three quarters but a faded quickly during a nerve racking fourth.
Tim Hardaway Jr.
THJ seems to have a knack for stepping up when he's needed. Kristaps had an off night for just the second time this year, but THJ picked up the slack posting a line of 28/10/5. He continues to be a strong finisher at the rim but still prefers to fire away from long range. He shot 4/11 from downtown and 6/9 from inside the arc.
The Fourth Quarter
The Knicks entered the fourth quarter with a 15 point lead and they slowly watched it fade away. The defense became nonexistent and the offense became stagnant. The Cavaliers hit 9 three pointers in the fourth quarter alone. You really felt the Knicks were in trouble after LeBron did a spin move in transition, carrying the ball even by NBA standards, and finished with an and 1 layup, cutting the lead to single digits with 5:58 left. Down the stretch the Knicks consistently looked for Porzingis and Hardaway but the Cavs keyed in on them, leaving the other 3 Knicks wondering how to play offense.
-Damyean Dotson played 1 minute and didn't record a stat
-The Knicks bench was outscored by the Cavaliers bench 54-16
-Joakim Noah was eligible to return today but was inactive
-Enese Kanter finished with 20 points, 16 rebounds, and 4 assists
-Porzingis finished with "only" 20 points on 7/21 shooting
The Knicks look to rebound on Wednesday against a Rudy Gobert-less Utah Jazz team. The Jazz are well on their way to losing 5 of 6 as they currently trail the Timberwolves by 26 in the 3rd quarter, but you can never be too sure after what we saw tonight. Porzingis should have a great matchup and will look to bounce back after a tough night.