Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer
A look Kristaps Porzingis' new adidas sneakers:
A look Kristaps Porzingis' new adidas sneakers:
Per reporters in Oklahoma City, a starting lineup change for the Knicks on Wednesday against Oklahoma City: Emmanuel Mudiay in for Frank Ntilikina and Kevin Knox in for Damyean Dotson. So Mudiay and Knox will start alongside Tim Hardaway Jr., Noah Vonleh and Mitchell Robinson.
No Clyde Frazier on the MSG Networks broadcast for Knicks-Thunder tonight. He's taking a few nights off over the next two months, per the network. Wally Szczerbiak will replace Clyde in Oklahoma City and 3-time WNBA champ Swin Cash will be in the studio in place of Szczerbiak
Sixers GM Elton Brand says the team will be looking for shooting going forward and he will continue to evaluate the market. He says the Sixers have gotten tons of calls. Seems like Philadelphia could be a landing spot for Knicks veteran Courtney Lee.
The Knicks wanted to play fast coming into the season but rank 22nd in pace entering Monday's games. Here's David Fizdale on why they've played slow (2/2): “So our pace is definitely slow since then but I'm still emphasizing it, getting it up the court. I think the most important thing for our team is being organized. And our pace suffered because of that. where we're getting where we're supposed to be, organized, and then we run what we're supposed to run. Yeah it's suffered some but that's part of the give and take of adjusting to what you have out there.”
The Knicks wanted to play fast entering the season but rank 22nd in pace entering Monday's games. Here's David Fizdale on why they've played slow (1/2). “I think a lot of it is I'm playing more two big basketball now. That's just – coaches got to adjust to the roster. And what you have at that time to give them the best chance to play good basketball. It all sounds great when you come in and you say I want to do this, I want to do that. But you gotta work with what you have right now. So my job right now is to try to take them and try to put them in the best scenario to give them a chance to win games and to have success and grow.”
New York ranks 20th in 3-pointers taken per 100 possessions and 28th in 3-point field goal percentage. David Fizdale was asked if, in a perfect world, he'd have more 3-point shooters on the roster. “Well yeah but right now, we're just getting Kevin (Knox) back. Courtney Lee's been out the whole year, he's one of our 3-point shooters. But we don't have that right now. We don't have a team loaded full of spread guys who can just shoot – where you're getting up 40 threes a night and doing all of that. That's the good part about it. We're all on the same page from the standpoint of look, this is who we have, we're going to coach them to their strengths and try to put the game together in a way that all of these guys can grow and get better.”
New York ranks 30th in assists per 100 possessions. David Fizdale says that isn't a result of selfish play. “Sometimes holding it too much, not making shots. There's always two sides getting assists,” Fizdale said before his team's loss to Orlando. “Trust. Making the right play with right timing. There's a lot of different factors. I don't think it's a selfish thing. We're not a selfish team at all. It's matter of timing, hitting guys when they're open and converting fastbreaks when we have a 3-on-1, 3-on-2 opportunity and not finishing those and making shots.”
Mitchell Robinson credits David Fizdale for putting him in position to set the NYK rookie record for blocks in a game. Robinson had 9 blocks in 22 minutes in Sunday's blowout loss to Orlando.
David Fizdale on why he played Frank Ntilikina just six minutes in the Knicks' loss to Orlando on Sunday:
Tim Hardaway Jr. on blowout loss to Orlando: "It sucked coming out here and stinking up the Garden." Hardaway Jr., who had 7 points on 2-for-12 shooting, says the 30-10 first quarter was his fault.
On sitting Frank Ntilikina after just six minutes, David Fizdale said the Knicks were struggling and he wanted to see other lineup combinations. He also mentioned that Ntilikina has been struggling with his shot and he was looking for more offense from Trey Burke.
Terrence Ross scored 22 points, Nikola Vucevic had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic cruised past the New York Knicks 115-89 on Sunday night.
The Knicks walk off the floor to some boos from the home crowd after a 26-point loss to the Magic. The Knicks missed 23 of 28 3-point attempts and struggled all night on defense. Starting point guard Frank Ntilikina only played six minutes, finishing scoreless with 2 turnovers. Unclear if he was hurt.
One bright spot amid an awful three quarters for the Knicks: Mitchell Robinson ties Kristaps Porzingis and Lonnie Shelton for the franchise rookie record for blocks in a game (7). New York trails Orlando by 27 entering the fourth quarter.
The Knicks did many things wrong in the first half, including poor defensive rotations that led to open looks. The Magic hit 11 of 21 perimeter shots in the first two quarters while New York missed 14 of its 15 attempts.
The Knicks trail Orlando 19-4 with 4:22 to go in the first quarter. David Fizdale has already called two timeouts. Tim Hardaway Jr. slammed the scorer's table in disgust as he headed to the bench after Fizdale's latest timeout. Knicks have missed 10 of their first 12 shots.
The Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Damyean Dotson, Noah Vonleh and Mitchell Robinson lineup has started eight times for the Knicks. David Fizdale on that unit: Overall I like how we defend with that group. Our defensive efficiency – that's one of our better groups. I like our athleticism with that group. Overall they share the game. They're still learning some stuff offensively, especially Mitchell and Noah from a spacing standpoint. Overall I really like how hard they play and how connected they are defensively."
Kevin Knox wore custom-made Puma sneakers during warmups tonight that will be signed and auctioned off to benefit the Wounded Warrior project. Four of Knox's family members have served or are serving in the military:
John Jenkins set a franchise record with 44 points in the Westchester Knicks' win over Lakeland on Saturday. He's averaging 32.3 points per game on 54 percent shooting in Westchester's first four games. Isaiah Hicks and Luke Kornet each had 16 points on Saturday. Kornet added 11 rebounds and 6 assists.
Lance Thomas' knee had been bothering him for weeks. David Fizdale said Thomas tried to put off surgery as long as he could. "Lance is our leader and we just (want to) get him back feeling good and get him back in that locker room with his voice," the coach said. With Thomas out, Kevin Knox and Mario Hezonja could get more minutes and the Knicks may have more opportunities to play Noah Vonleh alongside one of the Knicks' centers.
Pascal Siakam scored a career-high 23 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 19 points and 10 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors beat the New York Knicks 128-112 on Saturday, improving their league-leading record to 12-1.