Another valiant effort from youngsters Damyean Dotson and Kevin Knox wound up falling short to Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards in Monday’s home loss for the Knicks.
New York showed excellent resilience in the fourth quarter, storming back from a 15-point deficit to cut the lead to three. Unfortunately, its efforts weren’t enough, as John Wall’s dagger three with 11 seconds remaining sealed the game for the 9-14 Wizards. Wall finished with an impressive 18 points and 15 assists, while backcourt running mate Bradley Beal led all scorers with 27. Kelly Oubre, Jr. was a marksman off of the bench for the Wiz, posting 21 points including five triples. Tonight’s latest victory marks the ninth-straight victory for the Wizards at MSG.
It was a tale of two halves for the Knickerbockers tonight, with the first half featuring scorching offense and efficient basketball, while the second half’s theme included ice cold shooting and inconsistent play.
It is expected of this young team to go through their promising peaks and cringeworthy valleys—and this game was a microcosm of what the rest of the season is probably going to look like, especially against more talented teams like Washington. Five Knicks scored in double figures, including another awesome showing from Damyean Dotson with 17 points off the bench. Enes Kanter had a typical Enes Kanter game with 13 points and 16 rebounds, and Tim Hardaway Jr. did his thing with 20 points and four treys.
Here are some takeaways from this evening’s contest.
Coming off of a career game, all eyes were on Knox to see if he could continue his great play and finally get on a nice roll we’ve all been waiting for. Knox ended up struggling from the field and only finished with eight points. But if you dig a bit deeper into the box score and watched him throughout the night, Knox didn’t let a poor shooting night affect other aspects of his game—as the rookie also posted nine rebounds and four assists. These numbers aren’t going to blow anyone away, but it is a step in the right direction for Knox.
One knock on Knox is that he has sometimes looked timid and uninvolved without the ball in his hands didn’t impact games much unless he was scoring. Seeing Knox fill up the stat sheet to some degree is a positive sign, and another baby step in the development of the 19-year-old.
Knox throws it up!
Robinson throws it DOWN! pic.twitter.com/8p81h5akOj
— The Knicks Wall (@TheKnicksWall) December 4, 2018
Amid trade rumors swirling around Frank Ntilikina, he logged his second straight DNP. No doubt, Frank has not been good this year and there is some frustration starting to creep in from fans due to his lack of production. It is important to remember that the French Prince is still so young and needs to be given opportunity to play in order to fulfill his maximum potential. I know Fiz has shuffled minutes around a lot this year, as he has given Dotson the DNP treatment recently, but Frank should be out there in some capacity, especially with Trey Burke out.
- Courtney Lee saw game action for the first time this season, logging seven points in 16 minutes. The veteran guard’s days as a New York Knick aren’t likely to last beyond this season, but it was nice to see Lee get some action, as he has been instrumental and selfless in assisting many of the young guards on this current team.
- Mitchell Robinson’s rebounding woes continue, as he only grabs one single rebound in 14 minutes. Need to see more from someone of MitchRob’s stature and athleticism.
- Emmanuel Mudiay took advantage again of Trey Burke missing the game and Frank’s healthy DNP and held down the point guard role with another very good outing.
The Knicks get two days off, and their next game is in Boston on Thursday.