Dennis Smith Jr. and DeAndre Jordan highlighted the Knicks’ loss to the Grizzlies when they made their debuts on Sunday in today’s TKW Highlights.
The New York Knicks shocked the NBA when they traded Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks. Who did they get in return?
All eyes were on newest Knickerbockers Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan, and Wesley Matthews in New York’s Super Bowl Sunday matinee matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies.
Smith Jr. was a mixed bag in his debut for New York. Starting at point guard—due to injuries to Emmanuel Mudiay and Frank Ntilikina—Smith finished with eight points, six assists, three rebounds, and a steal in 26 minutes. We saw flashes of DSJ’s athleticism and quickness to penetrate to the basket. We also saw some trouble getting around screens on defense and moments where he hesitated once his initial read on offense wasn’t there. (That last part could be attributed to the lack of chemistry with his new teammates.)
DeAndre Jordan started at center in his debut, too. Jordan finished with a typical double-double for the 30-year-old one-time All-Star. 12 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, one block, and a steal highlighted his respectable performance. There’s doubt Jordan hangs around long with the franchise, though, as he could be pursued before the trade deadline, bought out, or in general sign elsewhere when he enters unrestricted free agency in the offseason.
The Knicks took home their 13th consecutive loss—tying the franchise’s record. They’ve also lost 14 straight games at the Garden, hardly a welcoming party at home.
Watch some highlights of Jordan, Smith, and the Knicks above and find more coverage of the Porzingis trade and fallout below.
READ: Monday Musings: Fallout From the Porzingis Trade
READ: Trading Kristaps Porzingis Isn’t Your Classic Knicks Move
WATCH: TKW Highlights: Knox, Dotson vs. Celtics, Smith Jr. vs. Knicks
READ: Can the Knicks Make a Dennis Smith Jr.–Frank Ntilikina Backcourt Work?
LISTEN: TKW Podcast: The Kristaps Porzingis Trade
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