On the second leg of a back-to-back, the Knicks return home from their Toronto bruising to play Mario Hezonja’s former squad, the Orlando Magic.

New York Knicks (4-9) vs. Orlando Magic (5-7)

  • Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
  • When: Sunday, November 11, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. EST

 

Coming off a 128-112 loss to the league-leading Toronto Raptors, the Knicks look to get back in the win column in a Sunday night matchup against the Orlando Magic.

Here’s what to look for in tonight’s matchup. …


Timmy Buckets

Another game, another strong offensive showing from Tim Hardaway Jr.. Hardaway led the Knicks in scoring with 27 points versus Toronto, going 11-of-17 from the field. This marked the eighth time that THJ has led the Knicks in scoring through just 13 games. He is currently averaging a career-high in points, averaging 24.5 per game while also tacking on 3.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. Until he starts to slow down, which he has shown no signs of, Hardaway Jr. will continue to be the top Knicks offensive player to watch heading into each contest.

The Battle Down Low

Ever since being benched in favor of rookie Mitchell Robinson, Enes Kanter has struggled to accept his role coming off the bench. This was evident in yesterday’s matchup when Kanter let his frustrations get the best of him on the bench.

Expect Robinson to start again and face the tough responsibility of guarding Magic center Nikola Vucevic. Vucevic currently leads the magic in scoring, averaging 17.8 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. Although Robinson looks to start, Kanter will get plenty of game action and look to continue to make an impact on the offensive side of the ball. However, Kanter remains a liability on the defensive side of the ball, which was evident in their last matchup against Toronto. In this content, Kanter had a team worst -21 plus-minus rating was to blame for Raptors’ center Pascal Siakam dropping a career-high 23 points. Until he improves his defensive play, Robinson will continue to start and Kanter will come off the bench.

Super Mario’s Reunion

For the first time since signing with the Knicks this summer, Mario Herzonja faces off against his former team for the first time. On the season, Herzonja is averaging 9.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game, while shooting just 40 percent from the field. An interesting fact, the last time the Knicks faced off against the Magic in April of last season, Herzonja led the Magic in scoring with 19 points. Be on the lookout to see if Herzonja looks to have a revenge game against his former team and propel the Knicks to a much-needed victory.

Injury Report

  • Lance Thomas: After undergoing surgery on his left knee Thursday, Thomas will be re-evaluated in one month.
  • Courtney Lee: Lee remains on the bench with a lingering neck injury. However, trade rumors surrounding his name continue to stir as his future with the team remains uncertain.
  • Kristaps Porzingis: Rumors circulated that KP was still unable to run from his ACL surgery, hinting that he was behind in his recovery timeframe. The Unicorn put this to rest pretty quickly…

 

RUN, KP, RUN!