Well, at least Jarrett Jack got a chance to get some exercise. This one was bad, got worse, and stayed there. We knew the Knicks were going to be bad and it will take time for everyone to settle into their new roles but it would be nice to see some signs of life.
Kanter was the only player who was able to play his game against the Celtics and he played it well. He crashed the boards hard (19 rebounds) and fought for buckets at the rim (16 points). He did have a few mental lapses on the defensive end but they were effort mistakes, which the Knicks will live with.
Tim Hardaway Jr.
It’s a wonder how Timmy hasn’t found his way to the bad list yet this season. THJ will eventually find his way out of this slump but it didn’t happen today. Hardaway was an anemic 2/11 from the field and 2/4 from the free throw line. The bigger problem facing THJ is that he was brought in to score and he doesn’t bring much to the table when his shot isn’t falling. Hardaway added just 3 rebounds and 1 assist.
- Jarrett Jack saw his first minutes of the season and actually played more than the $8.9-Million-with-a-player-option man, Ron Baker. For the first time this season, Ramon Sessions looked like a guy who could play in this league. With 9 games left before the Knicks will have to make another roster cut to make room for Joakim Noah, it will be interesting to see if they continue to give Jack a look as the back-up.
- The Celtics were very physical with Kristaps Porzingis and he struggled to score through the contact. He remained aggressive and was able to get a couple shots to fall at the end of the game before the bench closed it out.
- Willy Hernangomez saw his earliest action of the season, entering the game late in the third, and looked great in his 11 minutes, going 5/6 from the field for 12 points.
- After an excellent first two games Kyle O’Quinn played only 6 minutes, which is sure to lead to more questions about the front court rotation.
The Knicks return home to take on the improved, though still not very good, Brooklyn Nets. The Nets have started the season 2-2 and D’Angelo Russell is looking revitalized with his new team. The Knicks will hope to have Frank Ntilikina back in the line-up and Knicks fans should be interested by a potential defensive matchup against Russell.