Damyean Dotson got a chance to crack the starting lineup on Sunday, and his defense didn’t disappoint. Check out why Knicks fans should be excited by more than just Frank Ntilikina’s backcourt defense. And make sure to subscribe to The Knicks Wall channel for more detailed breakdowns:
Have we found any stark differences between Frank’s game during his brief rookie season versus his years playing professionally in France? Frank Ntilikina came into Knicks fans’ collective consciousness as a difficult last name to pronounce. What do you do with all of those i’s and that sneaky ‘t’ as the second letter? He was neither a college star nor a recognizable name that fans could attach their hopes to throughout the previous losing season. He wound up being drafted by Phil Jackson, one pick ahead of college star Dennis…
The Knicks had their best quarter ever in outscoring the Raptors 41-10 during the third quarter. Knicks Film School breaks down the defense for us. It sounds simple: the Knicks were able to contain drives off the pick-and-roll, bump the roll man, and force mid-range or contested shots in preventing the Raptors from scoring for much of the third quarter. They were able to do this because of the players on the floor. With Jonas Valanciunas and Jakob Poeltl running high screens for the Raptors, Enes Kanter (and at the…
After an incredible start to the season, Kristaps Porzingis is caught in a shooting slump. Knicks Film School takes a deeper look into why. Everything is about timing: the timing of a pump fake, the timing of a spin move, the timing of a shot’s release, the timing of a slump. Imagine if Kristaps Porzingis had started the season shooting 25-of-73 from the field? How worried would Knicks fans be? Instead, he got off to one of the best starts in Knicks history, scoring at least 30 points in seven…
Doug McDermott a difference maker on defense? Knicks fans expect offense from Doug McDermott. He only scored 5 points vs the Jazz. But it was his defense and effort that helped the team win. Notice, too, his communication on defense to help protect the corner three late in the game. For more, please visit www.theknickswall.com and follow @KnickFilmSchool on Twitter.
The Knicks blew a 23-point lead after the Cavs put on a three-point barrage in the fourth quarter. Watch the good (there was some), the bad, and the ugly from the Knicks perimeter defense. For more, please visit www.theknickswall.com and follow @KnickFilmSchool on Twitter.
Frank Ntilikina had a difficult match-up with Kemba Walker. But with the help of Lance Thomas, the Knicks were able to put on the clamps in the second half. For more, please visit www.theknickswall.com and follow @KnickFilmSchool on Twitter.
After struggling in the first half to defend Kemba Walker and Malik Monk, Frank Ntilikina got some help from Lance Thomas down the stretch to spark a comeback. Thomas provides the Knicks with a wing defender who can switch on shifty guards and take the pressure off Ntilikina to battle through ball screens. For more, follow @theknickswall & @KnickFilmSchool on Twitter.
Malik Monk made life difficult for the Knicks in the first half, forcing Frank Ntilikina to chase him around off-ball screens and cuts. Monk scored 18 first half points. In the second half, a combination of cooler shooting and stronger team defense held him to a tepid 1-5 from the field.
Frank Ntilikina’s defensive effort, mixed with a little offense, helped the Knicks erase a 19-point deficit against the Indiana Pacers. Watch his play down the stretch that made the difference. For more, follow @TheKnicksWall & @KnickFilmSchool on Twitter.