If you play for a team called the Knicks, you wake up every morning and piss excellence, regardless of whether you play at MSG or the Westchester Civic Center. The W-Knicks proved this point once again Monday night as they went into Delaware and erased a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to the defeat the 87ers, 113-111.
Trey Burke (affiliate player): 43 points on 17-29 shooting (2-5 from beyond the arc), 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals.
Kristaps Porzingis’ organizational single-season high of 40 points lasted all of one day, as guard Trey Burke went out and dropped 43 on Delaware. Your move, Kristaps.
Burke jitterbugged his way through the lane at will, raining down funky jumpers and bankers galore. He didn’t do much distributing however (3 assists) which was his main knock in the NBA. Still, it’s hard to complain about 43 points, especially in a win. The W-Knicks only had 10 assists as a team, so this was a primo display of iso-ball.
Nigel Hayes (affiliate player): 22 points on 9-15 shooting (3-5 from beyond the arc), 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block
Isaiah Hicks (two-way contract): 15 points on 6-14 shooting, 12 rebounds, 2 blocks
Some impressive ball-handling and footwork from the W-Knicks forwards. Hayes has been stroking the three-ball thus far, which might earn him a look from some other organization as long as he keeps grabbing rebounds. As for the Knicks, you know they love Hicks’ work on the offensive glass (6 o-boards).
The W-Knicks are now 2-0 on the season. Unstoppable.