The New York Knicks, without the aid of Kristaps Porzingis (back problems) and Enes Kanter (also back problems), led the Houston Rockets by a lot of points in the beginning of the game (25-5 in the first quarter) then got their asses handed to them in the middle of the (80-40), then lost, 117-102. We knew heading into the game that they were going to lose, and they did. The way we got there, however, was a bit strange.
If there was anything to complain about here, it was the lack of minutes handed out to Frank Ntilikina (15) and Damyean Dotson (9). Yes, Jarrett Jack played a very good game, and managed a positive plus/minus rating in what was otherwise a comfortable Houston win, but the Knicks weren’t winning this game, and were presented a decent opportunity to play the kids in a low-pressure environment.
Anyway, Courtney Lee started out hot early.
11-3 early lead for the orange & blue in H-Town. pic.twitter.com/Tr4j7fCVBf— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) November 26, 2017
And Michael Beasley was absolutely on fire, walking like the Walking Bucket do on his way to 30 points.
Make no mistake, though: Beasley wasn’t good outside of the first few minutes. Whatever. It is what it is.
Recap to come.