Well, that was bound to happen sooner than later. Matter of fact, it was probably overdue.
The Knicks are a young team, and they certainly played like one tonight, hanging around in the first half but ultimately getting blown out in Miami, 110-88.
The Knicks hopped out to a 27-16 lead to end the first quarter, and it looked like maybe tonight would go the way of the Hawks game on opening night. And, well, it sort of did, but just not in the Knicks’ favor.
A 76-38 run by the Heat in the second and third quarters (ouch kabibble!) ultimately buried the Knicks, and the tank rolled on.
So let’s try to stay away from the negatives for now (there were many!) and focus on some of the small rays of sunshine in this one.
Damyean Dotson continued his hot play with a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double off the bench. Efficient, too! He shot 8-14 and 3-8 from deep.
Look at Dotson go... pic.twitter.com/WCpQlAiuBJ— Knicks Film School (@KnickFilmSchool) October 25, 2018
Meanwhile, Dotson keeps hitting shots pic.twitter.com/wVqWWMkgcy— Knicks Film School (@KnickFilmSchool) October 25, 2018
Also he had this dope block on Goran Dragic in the second quarter, when there was still hope:
Dot with the tough block in transition pic.twitter.com/vwzg95IsWP— Posting and Toasting (@ptknicksblog) October 25, 2018
Mitchell Robinson got some run! The rook came in once the game was more or less decided, but as per usual, he made the most of his limited time out there. Four points, three boards and a block for Big Meetch in just 12 minutes (plus the only positive plus/minus on the team at +4).
Mitchell Robinson cleans up the miss pic.twitter.com/2YZIREzAlN— Knicks Film School (@KnickFilmSchool) October 25, 2018
Big Meetch ⬆️ pic.twitter.com/YbAEHbrsYs— Posting and Toasting (@ptknicksblog) October 25, 2018
♂️ pic.twitter.com/k34ZHmsNJU— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) October 25, 2018
The other positives in this one are... scarce. Tim Hardaway Jr. was hot early but cooled off a little (and was rested) down the stretch, finishing with 14 points.
.@T_HardJR feeling right at home early pic.twitter.com/7hGIsYPY2k— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) October 24, 2018
Likewise, but to a MUCH greater extent, Mario Hezonja was feeling it early before crashing down to Earth in a big way.
for @mariohezonja pic.twitter.com/P5u0q8nC27— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) October 25, 2018
Oh, and Frank Ntilikina played pretty well. Nine points, five assists, three rebounds, one very sexy transition dunk:
Defense to for @FrankLikina pic.twitter.com/7siy73lQCi— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) October 25, 2018
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Recap coming in a bit. Long live the tank.