The Knicks were bad from start to finish tonight. After leading 9-8 early, everything fell apart and it was not pretty. The Knicks missed a lot of open shots and struggled in just about every facet of the game tonight. It seemed like all the Knicks shots rimmed out in the first half while all the Raptors shots bounced in and the Knicks never really recovered.
It's tough to pull out anything good from tonight's game but I'll do my best. Jarrett Jack scored 8 points in the first half for the Knicks. Unfortunately, he also scored 8 points in the entire game. At one point, Jarrett Jack was shooting 4/4 and the rest of the team was 4/34 combined. He added 7 assists to go with his 8 points.
This night was bound to come eventually. Kristaps struggled against a long, physical (maybe a little too physical) defender in Pascal Siakam and regular double teams. He didn't get many calls but he struggled on his own as well. At one point, Porzingis got the ball on the wing with Kyle Lowry on him and was unable to take advantage of the mismatch. He shot just 3/13 on the night, finishing with just 13 points (tied for the team lead with THJ) and 4 rebounds. On the bright side, he did end the game with four blocks.
-Michael Beasley scored 10 points and grabbed a team leading 7 rebounds in 12 minutes
-Doug McDermott shot 2/10
-Ramon Sessions played for just the second time since losing his starting role after the third game of the season
-The Raptors were missing Serge Ibaka, Norman Powell, and Delon Wright
The Knicks will look to bounce back at home on Monday against the fading Los Angeles Clippers. After starting 4-0, the Clippers have fallen to 5-8 and are currently in overtime against the Cavaliers. Seven of the eight Knick wins have come at home so a return to the Garden may be just what the doctor ordered.