While the Knicks are not considered real contenders, the pretenders found a way to take care of business against a team that is considered to win the NBA championship. The New York Knicks blasted the Milwaukee Bucks 130-110 in a surprisingly easy victory over a top opponent in the NBA.
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Julius Randle had another strong game and is a way too early member of the All-Star team. Just one night after leading the New York Knicks with 25 points, Randle outplayed everyone with 24 points, 14 rebounds, and seven assists. Elfrid Payton scored 27 points in his best game as a Knick. At one point, the Knicks led by as much as 28 points.
Tom Thibodeau’s First Victory
This was a big night for “Thibs.” The win gave the coach his first win as a NY Knicks coach. The Knicks were one of the NBA’s worst teams last year, which led to the hiring of the former Chicago Bulls & Minnesota Timberwolves coach. He certainly looked like a former Coach of the Year helping lead this team to a win over the Eastern Conference’s back-to-back No. 1 seeded team.
Payton’s New York Knick Rebound
For the Knicks to stay in games, the team will need Payton to contribute offensively. In the team’s loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, Payton finished with zero points. His 27-point effort on 12-of-16 shooting, including 3-of-3 from three-point range, was a very nice turnaround.
RJ Barrett’s Near Double-Double
Barrett joined the 20-point club with 22 points of his own and added eight rebounds. He nearly recorded a double-double after playing a team-high 38 minutes. He co-led the Knicks with Alec Burks with a rating of +21 while on the floor.
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Nobody wants to start the season off 0-3, so picking up a win to be 1-2 was a nice surprise for the NY Knicks. The win is also a boost of confidence for a team that had lost two games in a row. For one of the younger teams in the NBA, playing with confidence can be dangerous.
Thibodeau Believes in Kevin Knox II
In two seasons with the Knicks, the former No. 9 overall pick in 2018 has disappointed. Looking past his rookie season where he played just three games, Knox finished with an average of 6.4 points per game in 65 games last season, which included shooting 32% from the three-point range. Despite another poor shooting performance, Knox played 26 minutes and shot 3-of-8 from the floor. Thibodeau must see something that we don’t.
Alec Burks Could Play Out of New York Knicks
Burks is going to make a case for Sixth Man of the Year this year. Burks needed just 21 minutes to score 18 points. Either Burks is going to help this New York stay in games, or he is going to get traded away for draft compensation. Either way, it’s a nice story for the 29-year old that played in only 18 games last season. Right now, Burks is averaging 20.7 points per game through the first three games of the season.