Warriors dominate Knicks in only trip to MSG this season with some nice play from Emmanuel Mudiay and Trey Burke, 125–111.
After an encouraging first half in which the Knicks outscored Golden State 64–63 and played inspired basketball, New York faded big time in the third quarter while displaying atrocious defense, and fell into a 20-point hole. At this point in the year, we all can agree that the Warriors are bored with the regular season and are clearly looking ahead to the start of the playoffs, where they will be heavy favorites to win another NBA title. Once Steph Curry, KD, Klay Thompson, and company decided to turn on the jets in the third quarter, it was an absolute barrage to say the least. Curry, Durant, and Thompson finished with 21, 22, and 26 points, respectively, knocking down 10 triples in a nonchalant victory over the hapless Knickerbockers.
The anticipated loss marks the Knicks’ 38th of the season and moves them closer to the lottery pick that we are all itching for. Virtually nobody expected anything of the Knicks tonight—and that’s completely okay. The Warriors usually dismantle helpless teams like the ‘Bockers and the greatest shooting backcourt in basketball history—as far as I’m concerned—feasted on the inferior perimeter defense of New York.
More from the home loss:
Minutes for the Youngin’s
As the season dwindles down and the Knicks continue to lose, it’s going to be very easy to point out the negatives of this season. Despite another forgettable campaign, there are some positives to take away from nights like Monday, such as the guard play from New York’s crop of cast aways.
21-year-old Emmanuel Mudiay was allotted 31 minutes tonight and took major advantage, pouring in 20 points and adding seven assists as well. Mudiay came out firing, was aggressive and unafraid to shoulder the load on offense, especially in the first half. The former Denver Nuggets guard also shot the ball exceptionally well—something he has been often criticized for in his young career. It is important that Mudiay and Frank Ntilikina (who had flashes of brilliance tonight with 13 points in 28 minutes) continue to hoard as many minutes as possible and gain valuable experience on which they both can capitalize.
Also fwiw I absolutely thought Beasley would take that
— The Knicks Wall (@TheKnicksWall) February 27, 2018
It’s also worth noting that Trey Burke had another solid game for the Knicks with 18 points and was able to blow by Steph Curry on multiple occasions. Burke shot well—again—with another 50+ percent night from the field, many of which via the jump shot.
Burke continues to impress and shows us how big time he can be when given the chance. With Jarrett Jack essentially relegated to the bench, look for this point guard trio to continue to rack up the minutes and be given the opportunity to show the Knicks’ coaching staff and front office that they belong.
Burke AKA A.I. pic.twitter.com/ySnzx1Icwd
— Knicks Film School (@KnickFilmSchool) February 27, 2018
The Knicks’ defense continues to be a huge issue this season and poor communication and help defense reared its ugly head tonight big time throughout the game.
A disgruntled Jeff Hornacek was quick to point out the Knicks’ deficiencies on defense in his post game press conference and couldn’t really provide much of an explanation for the awful 39–18 third quarter that flipped the script and gave the Dubs a huge lead. Maybe it’s unrealistic to expect the Knicks to defend well against Golden State and find the motivation to do so, but the poor defensive effort Monday night has become the norm for New York—and it definitely needs to improve. The inability to guard and lack of defensive tenacity at times is a reflection on not only the players but the coaching staff more, too. If Coach Hornacek wants to be back next season, he needs to show everyone he can get his guys to buckle down and at least remain competitive on that end of the floor. The uncontested shots are probably the most glaring aspect of the Knicks’ defensive flaws, and this is something that has become a consistent issue every game.
It’s time for accountability to become part of the conversation when discussing who will be with the organization and who is expendable headed into the now annual spring-summer break.
The Knicks get a few days off and begin another West Coast swing Friday against the L.A. Clippers at Staples Center.