We had to come back down to earth at some point. Seven games into the season and it is very unclear what this team is. Are we the team that smoked the Cavaliers or the team that got smoked by the Celtics and the Rockets? Odds are we're somewhere in between, and as long as Frank Ntilikina and Kristaps Porzingis continue to develop, that's fine.
Tim Hardaway, Jr.
Like the Knicks as a whole, Timmy has been feast or famine so far this season. Tonight he displayed his scoring abilities, shooting from distance and driving to the rim. While Hardaway has been relying heavily on his jump-shot this season, tonight he was able to get to the rim at will. Defenders had to respect Timmy's driving ability, giving him just a little extra space, and seeing a few easy ones fall gave him plenty of confidence, resulting in an easy 21 points.
Honestly, I don't know what happened. Beasley didn't look particularly bad but his entry into the game appeared to cause the Knicks to fall apart. He checked in with the Knicks up 6 and left the game just 6 minutes later with the Knicks down 4 and the Rockets surging.
- Damyean Dotson scored his first NBA points on a top of the key jumper. Dotson went on to score 9 points on 4/5 shooting including dropping his defender with a hesitation move in transition and hitting the jumper.
- Frank Ntilikina excited the crowd in the midst of a blowout loss by defending James Harden one-on-one to end the third. The French Prince forced Harden to lose his handle for a moment before ultimately launching an airball at the buzzer. Ntilikina finished with 5 steals and 8 assists.
- Lance Thomas made the most of his limited minutes pulling down 7 rebounds and hitting one 3 in 14 minutes.
- Kristaps Porzingis came down to earth after a hot start and finished with 19 points.
The Knicks continue their home stand against Devin Booker and the Phoenix Suns on Friday night. The Suns season is mirroring the Knicks. Neither team was expected to be very competitive this season and both looked terrible to start before rattling off a few impressive wins. Both teams figure to have significant roster moves in the coming weeks (Knicks need to make room for Joakim Noah and the Suns are committed to trading Eric Bledsoe). Now they'll both look to figure out who they really are as they square off at the Garden.