It was an embarrassing loss to the New York Knicks at home to the Brooklyn Nets. The full on tank job has begun.
Fans in New York are still waiting on the “superteam” to perform, and it might not happen this year. As they lose to the Brooklyn Nets for the second consecutive time in under seven days. New York is the first team in the NBA to lose to the Nets in the span of one week. The New York Knicks are better off losing, but tonight’s been an embarrassment for the franchise.
You can officially New York will miss their 4th consecutive playoffs. Another embarrassing loss to the Nets, Jeff Hornacek playoff comments weren’t enough to fire up the team.
New York couldn’t maintain their lead; Brook Lopez led Brooklyn to win tonight 121-110. Lopez dismantled Willy Hernangomez as he scored 24 points, 52% shooting, and six rebounds. Kyle O’Quinn led the Knicks with 23 points and eight rebounds.
New York entire offense got off to a fast and efficient start. They shot 55% on 22 attempts, as Rose led the team with 8 points in the first. The proficient offense resulted in good defense in the first quarter as well. New York held Brooklyn to under 30 points, and they shot 20% from the 3.
The momentum they had in the first quarter on defense stretched to the second quarter. They held the Nets to just 26-second quarter points heading into the half and shot 45%.
Last time, New York played Brooklyn they shot 50% from the three, at the half they are 20% from downtown. The defense, not the only side that’s playing aggressive, on the offensive side they kept their efficient shooting night going. They shot 52% heading into the half.
The former MVP put the team on his back in the first half by scoring 14 points on 5–9, he wasn’t the only person to spark the club. Derrick Rose ended the night with 22 points. Kyle O’Quinn put up 11 points off the bench to help maintain the lead. New York lead 61–54 heading into halftime.
Brook Lopez took Willy Hernangomez to school in the second half, exposing the rookie’s bad defense even more. Lopez ended the night with 24 points. The big man helped Brooklyn chop their deficit to just one point after Lopez made a layup.
After that, Hornacek called a timeout, but that didn’t stop the Nets from making a comeback. Brooklyn took their 1 point deficit to turn it into a 5 point lead heading into the 4th quarter.
New York tried to fight back in the 4th quarter, but they cannot overcome winning back to back games. Brooklyn offense played tremendously in the second half. After only scoring 54 first half points, the Nets scored 67 in the second.
Thoughts: The offense was pretty balanced, as everybody in the starting lineup in double figure except for Hernangomez. Joakim Noah is out with an injury and Kristaps Porzingis did not play because of a right thigh contusion, Hernangomez needs to do a better job providing more offense.