That was fun!
The Knicks faced off against the Wizards to open the preseason tonight, and, although it probably took about a quarter too long for a preseason game, the Knicks came out on top, 124-121, in the first win of the David Fizdale era.
There was so much to feel good about with this one. Kevin Knox, first off! The rookie looked every bit like a player that belongs in the NBA already, leading the team with 26 minutes, and notching a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double:
You see all the highlights of Knox, watch an entire possession on both ends, without the best outcome. A lot of possessions like these happen through a season pic.twitter.com/SbTc42J3eY— Knicks Film School (@KnickFilmSchool) October 2, 2018
Frank to Knox to SPLASH pic.twitter.com/eH01NBpak5— Knicks Film School (@KnickFilmSchool) October 2, 2018
Damyean Dotson ignited in overtime to push the Knicks to victory (overtime seemed like a general annoyance to everyone, from Mike Breen and Clyde Frazier to the fans in the stands, and was basically extended garbage time):
Frank Ntilikina led the team with a +7 plus/minus (tied with, you guessed it, Kevin Knox) and had five points, two assists and a steal:
Defense to offense, with a Frank 3 pic.twitter.com/VXAh03ffmF— Knicks Film School (@KnickFilmSchool) October 2, 2018
Mitchell Robinson totally blew up my season preview that I was writing where I say that he should probably split time between the NBA and the G-League:
Get used to this folks - Mitchell Robinson dunks on one end and then blocks a shot on the other end pic.twitter.com/VP2fO2c4x1— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) October 1, 2018
Literally every eligible Knick touched the floor tonight (17 players!!!) so there’s plenty to talk about ahead in the recap. But to end this tweet-cap, here’s my favorite moment — Noah Vonleh absolutely annihilating Jason Smith, even if it didn’t count:
Noah Vonleh showing some power and I don’t care what the call is, it’s preseason and this was ferocious pic.twitter.com/2hXXqfzFfD— Knicks Film School (@KnickFilmSchool) October 2, 2018
I’m also happy to announce that P&T has teamed up with KnicksFanTV this season, so check out CP and J. Ellis’ stream below for live analysis of the game, and live interaction with chatters and callers on YouTube! Feel free to also call in yourself! The number’s right there!
Knicks vs. Wizards Live Reaction and Fan Phone In! Call 657-383-1509 https://t.co/uAIpBKAQXk— Kevin Knox ROY, Don't @ ME (@KnicksFanTv) October 2, 2018
Recap coming in a bit!