Knicks vs Jazz: Knicks lose third straight with a second-half collapse

After fighting back to .500 on the season, the Knicks find themselves in their second three-game losing streak of the season. The result from the Knicks vs Jazz matchup did not go the way New York hoped as the team blew a strong start to lose 108-94. 

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The Knicks led 27-18 after the first quarter and 59-46 at halftime. However, the result of Knicks vs Jazz featured Utah storming back in the second half to claim the win. Austin Rivers returned to the lineup to score 25 points off the bench. 

A second-half collapse in Knicks vs Jazz

The Knicks were outscored 34 to 22 in the third quarter and 28 to 13 in the final frame. Despite getting outscored by the Jazz, the Knicks led Utah in field goal percentage by shooting 43% from the field compared to Utah’s 40%. Only the Knicks could shoot the ball better but not score enough points. 

The fourth quarter meltdown

Despite playing a debacle of a third quarter, the Knicks led 81-80 in the fourth with 11:05 to play. From 11:03 to 4:49 in the fourth quarter, the Knicks scored three points. By that time, the Jazz used a 20-4 run to lead by as much as 15 points. Among the poor box score shooting stats, Immanuel Quickley shot 1-of-11 from the field. The worst part is that Donovan Mitchell scored only nine points in the game. 

Rudy Gobert’s night

The two-time Defensive Player of the Year looked like a superstar after posting 18 points and 19 rebounds. He also threw in four blocks. Gobert was the best player on the floor on both sides and helped pick up the slack as Mitchell was off. 

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It was nice to see Rivers in uniform. He is the prime sixth man off the bench and will likely close games down the stretch. RJ Barrett played well with 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting but he has to be more aggressive, especially when Julius Randle is not playing well. Today was also the anniversary of the death of Kobe Bryant and seven passengers.

When is time to cut ties with Elfrid Payton?

Every night, it’s the same kind of production from Payton. He provides a negative rating while on the court, gets about four points, and then can’t contribute past a couple of rebounds and assists. At some point, Dennis Smith Jr. needs to see if he belongs on this team because Payton is not the future. 

Is Kevin Knox afraid of shooting?

It feels like Knox has lost all confidence in his game. He scored just two points in 18 minutes against the Trail Blazers and shot the ball once in eight minutes against the Jazz. The former No. 9 overall pick in 2018 has to pick it up if the Knicks want to compete in games. 

Looking ahead

The Knicks dropped to 8-11 on the season and will take on the Cavaliers on Friday. The Cavs are coming off two straight wins over the Brooklyn Nets from last week. 

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