That game was way more fun than any preseason game has any right to be.
The Knicks spent basically the whole game trailing the Nets in this one, but some strong play from Frank Ntilikina and Mitchell Robinson in the early part of the game made the scoreboard seem like an afterthought.
Then the Knicks went down by over 20 in the fourth quarter, and it seemed like garbage time was in effect. Little did we all know that Luke Kornet was on one tonight. The end-of-the-benchers made a furious comeback but fell just short, losing 113-107.
So yeah, Frank Ntilikina. The kid had the goods tonight. A stat-sheet-stuffing nine points, five assists, four boards and a steal for the French Army Knife:
There are so many subtle things Frank Ntilikina does on defense to make a difference.— Knicks Film School (@KnickFilmSchool) October 13, 2018
Watch how he impacts the final result of this play pic.twitter.com/hZLSNpeEli
Wow Frank cooked Dinwiddie so hard on that jump stop, wish the shot would've gone in pic.twitter.com/KRPYRcJ5HA— Posting and Toasting (@ptknicksblog) October 13, 2018
And Big Meetch showed some of that otherworldly athleticism of his again in his first start of the preseason:
Second-round steal Mitchell Robinson with a dunk on one end and the block on the other.— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) October 12, 2018
We’ll see this type of sequence plenty times at MSG this season pic.twitter.com/dScwRojNB7
Nice play between Frank and Robinson, notice the bounce pass pic.twitter.com/Y51uO3Z19t— Knicks Film School (@KnickFilmSchool) October 13, 2018
And then the comeback, which featured a large dose of Luke Kornet heroics:
Mudiay with a nice rebound and set-up for Luke Kornet, who is feeing it !!! pic.twitter.com/rhqAuogG6x— Knicks Film School (@KnickFilmSchool) October 13, 2018
And a “ehhhh maybe he hit his head a little but I think that was a clean block” foul call:
That is CLEAN!!!! pic.twitter.com/22hs5tJ0wP— Knicks Film School (@KnickFilmSchool) October 13, 2018
Turns out, fake comebacks are kind of fun when they don’t matter at all!
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Recap coming a little later.