New York Knicks Mitchell Robinson
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Mitchell Robinson set a new career high in blocks, but his defensive effort wasn’t enough to save the New York Knicks from a shellacking.

  • New York Knicks 89 (4-10)
  • Orlando Magic 115 (6-7)
  • NBA, East, Final, Box Score
  • Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

There weren’t many bright spots on Sunday night for the New York Knicks, but Mitchell Robinson did his best to give Knicks fans something to cheer about. The rookie set a career high with nine blocks, setting a record among Knicks rookies.

Robinson is far from a finished product, but he is showing off the elite athleticism he possesses. Nights like these are exactly why so many other teams are kicking themselves for letting Robinson fall to the Knicks in the second round. He has all the tools to develop into an elite rim protector and rim runner.

But this was a tough one to watch for Knicks fans. Not a single Knicks starter finished the night in double figures scoring. Frank Ntilikina only played six minutes after a few early shots didn’t fall. But Frank wasn’t the only Knicks starter to lay an egg on Sunday. Tim Hardaway Jr. only shot 2-for-12 from the floor.

Enes Kanter posted a double-double, scoring 16 points and corralling 15 rebounds. Despite being relegated to a bench role, Kanter is still a legitimate NBA talent. He has his deficiencies — mainly on the defensive end — but he remains one of the most consistent performers night in and night out.

There weren’t many highlights from this one and it’s hard to blame any Knicks fans who turned this one of before the fat lady sung. At no point did the Knicks make any type of run to cut into the Magic lead. This was truly a wire to wire finish and a bad result for David Fizdale’s squad.

But these types of nights happen to every team. The Knicks just aren’t good enough to win when they come out completely flat to start the game. They looked like a young and inexperienced team.

In most of the Knicks 10 losses, there were moral victories tucked away in defeat. Not on Sunday. The Knicks were shellacked by the superior Raptors on Saturday and followed that up with a clunker at home against Orlando. This was an ugly night of basketball in Madison Square Garden.

NY/NJ hoops reporter (NBA/NCAA) & sports betting writer for XL Media. Never had the makings of a varsity athlete.