I knew we weren't going winless this year, but it's good to know that we're not going winless this year. This was a big win for the Knicks as they have a tough upcoming schedule and came into the game as the only team in the league without a win. The offense looked good, the defense looked great, and Frank looks like he's got a bright future ahead of him.
There were so many possibilities for this spot. KP could win it every night, the center rotation dominated the boards, the defense was great, heck, Jeff Hornacek seemed to make the right moves all night. That being said, I want to talk about Frank because he had exactly the type of game that Knicks fans wanted from him. He checked into the game with the Knicks down 7 and left with the Knicks tied. He seemed to energize the rest of the team on the defensive end with his effort and disruptive length and after weeks of people questioning his durability, he stayed in the game after getting his nose busted. With all of that, what was most impressive was his patience and poise. Young players in this league tend to speed things up, but Frank let the game come to him. He had several precision assists that were set up by holding on to the ball a fraction of a second longer than most players would and letting the defenders clear his path. This is the basketball IQ that people have raved about and it should get Knicks fans excited.
Tim Hardaway Jr.
I hate to pile it on Timmy, but to paraphrase Clyde, he was the only Knick without the knack tonight. THJ continued to struggle with his shot, going 4/12 from the field and 1/5 from 3. What's worse is that there were a couple defensive possessions where he got beat without putting up much resistance. We said it after the Celtics game and we'll say it again here, THJ will find his shot, but until that happens he should be putting in the effort to contribute in other areas.
- Enes Kanter, Willy Hernangomez, and Kyle O'Quinn all played tonight and they all played well. Kanter scored 12 points on 6/8 shooting, Hernangomez managed 4 rebounds and 2 steals, and O'Quinn pulled in 12 boards in just 18 minutes.
- At the point guard position, Jarrett Jack played some solid all-around basketball with 8 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. Ramon Sessions earned his first DNP-CD and Ron Baker was listed as inactive for the game.
- Doug McDermott shot the ball well, making 4/6 from the field and 2/4 from distance while pulling in 5 rebounds.
The Knicks will be traveling to Cleveland to take on LeBron James and the Cavaliers. The Cavaliers will be on the second night of a back-to-back but are unlikely to let their guard down after losing to the Nets on Wednesday.