Proving that the stifling defense they played 24 hours earlier in Boston wasn’t a fluke, the New York Knicks did again. Reggie Bullock and RJ Barrett combined on a defensive gem late in the game and the Knicks (7-8) held on for an 91-84 win over the Orlando Magic on Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Madison Square Garden.
Fans of the New York Knicks have been clamoring for the team to sign or draft a quality point guard for serveral years. After suffering through seasons of watching Emmanuel Mudiay, Frank Ntlikina, Dennis Smith Jr. and Elfrid Payton among others, the Knicks may have finally found their guy. Rookie point guard Immanuel Quickley has shown flashes of potential as New York’s back up. In my opinion it is time for Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau to hand Quickley the keys to the car as the team’s starter.
Kyrie Irving out. James Harden not yet available. On the heels of the blockbuster trade that brought Harden to the Barclays Center, the shorthanded Nets fought off a late New York rally to edge the Knicks116-109. Kevin Durant was still there, and he was more than Brooklyn needed as he powered the Nets with 26 points. It was the fourth loss in a row for the Knicks (5-7) after a promising 5-3 start.
There is very little argument that the 2020-2021 version of the New York Knicks is far better than last year’s team. First year coach Tom Thibodeau has the Knicks playing aggressive defense and and with a grittiness that hasn’t been seen in years. Friday night’s loss to the Oklahoma Thunder at Madison Square Garden came as surprise to Knicks’ fans.
Oklahoma City’s shooting could not have been more ice cold in the first quarter, but that was long forgotten by the end of the night. The Thunder (4-4) got into the paint seemingly at will in the fourth quarter and pulled away from the New York Knicks (5-4) for a 101-89 win Friday night at Madison Square Garden. The loss by the Knicks snaps a three game win streak. Oklahoma City moved to 4-1 on the road.