The Knicks have won three in a row. Can they make it four tonight against Dwane Casey’s Detroit Pistons?
After their Sunday night win against the Grizzlies, New York has picked up three wins in a row for the first time this season. This mini-run that began when Coach Fizdale implemented Super Mario Hezonja into the starting lineup has been a great showcase of the young Knicks’ ability to work as a unit. Each of the last three wins has been against playoff-level teams and required a strong showing from the team as a whole.
Tonight, New York will test their luck against the Pistons in Detroit. The Pistons (10-7), another team that looks like they will be playoff-bound, have won six of their last eight largely thanks to the consistency of Andre Drummond every night. A win tonight would extend the Knicks’ humble winning streak to four, and put the team at 8-14 as a whole on the season.
Enes Kanter: Double-Double Machine
You never know with Fiz, but the big man out of Turkey may have permanently regained his starting spot after being benched early in the season. Since being put back into the starting five a week ago, Kanter has been an automatic double-double, averaging 12 points and 13 rebounds in the last four games.
Say what you want about Enes, but his play as of late has given the Knicks a boost on the offensive end, as he’s not only adept at scoring in the paint but also at creating secondary opportunities with rebounds. While he definitely doesn’t have the same impact as Mitchell Robinson on the defensive end, Kanter’s consistency on offense is getting the team wins. Whether or not you think the Knicks should be winning is a different argument.
Kevin, Where Art Thou?
Although he was a top-10 pick, Kevin Knox has become New York’s somewhat forgotten rookie. With the second-rounder Robinson and the undrafted Allonzo Trier putting up highlights nearly every night, it’s easy to sometimes forget that the Knicks’ first-rounder hasn’t made much of an impact so far this season. Knox has had a bit of a rough start to his rookie year, and while there certainly have been bright spots, his overall play hasn’t been anything too special.
Knox is averaging 7.6 points per game on 33 percent shooting along with 2.5 rebounds, and although he had the opportunity to start a few games, he hasn’t been seeing too much time on the court recently.
Hopefully we get to see the ninth pick step it up in the coming games. The NBA season is long, and every player has to adjust. With the team currently enjoying some success, now might be the time we see Knox get more comfortable out there with his team.