There were plenty of pros and cons from the Knicks weekend recap. Despite Mitchell Robinson breaking his wrist on Friday, the Knicks were able to pull out two victories to improve to 13-15 on the season. We’ll say it again. The Knicks remain in the playoff hunt.
Main headlines from the Knicks weekend recap
The Knicks defeated the Washington Wizards 109-91 on Friday. The second game of the Knicks weekend recap included a 121-99 blowout win over the Houston Rockets. These were a huge pair of victories after splitting the season matchup with the Miami Heat earlier in the week.
Knicks handle the Wizards
Robinson played just 20 minutes but finished the game with a double-double of 10 points and 14 rebounds. New York led 53-42 at halftime and then never lost a quarter in the second half. Julius Randle added another team double-double with 24 points and 18 rebounds. Immanuel Quickley continued his surge with 16 points, while the new addition Derrick Rose added 14 points off the bench.
Rockets blown away by New York
The Knicks overcame 50 combined points from John Wall and Eric Gordon as Quickly and Randle each scored 22 points. Nerlens Noel received his first start since Robinson’s injury and pitched in 10 points and six rebounds in 32 minutes of play.
Knicks weekend recap sees New York in playoffs
The Knicks went from being a team on the outside to now sitting with the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Now just two games away from .500, the team is just one game ahead of the Toronto Raptors.
Knicks weekend recap notes and commentary
The most obvious positive from the Knicks weekend recap is that the team is currently positioning itself into the playoff picture. With games against the Hawks, Magic, Spurs, and Timberwolves coming up, the Knicks could easily have a six-game win streak by the time this is all over.
Nerlens Noel will need to be the bandaid
Robinson does have a chance to return this season. Until then, Noel will need to be the glue to hold down the defensive front. Robinson was a rim protector for the league’s best-rated defense. Noel hasn’t turned out to play like a lottery pick since entering the league. However, he is a poised backup that is going to receive big minutes for the next two months. Here’s his chance to show his worth.
RJ Barrett was a dud
Barrett combined for 15 points in two games and the Knicks were still able to get two blowout wins. Is the problem Derrick Rose? It should be but since Rose came over Barrett has struggled to find consistency. This is a problem that needs to be solved soon.
The Knicks take on the Atlanta Hawks on Monday. The Hawks are 3-7 in their last 10 games and are currently the No. 10 seed in the East with an 11-15 record. The Knicks previously beat the Hawks in Atlanta 113-108 on January 4th.