What a freaking game by the masked giant. Big Daddy Luke got the start at center, and then proceeded to give his best Porzingis impression with a career-high-tying 23 points, seven made 3-pointers, five assists and a block.
The Knicks wound up losing, 112-96, but the play of Kornet and a couple others made this loss more than palatable.
But yeah, first off, Kornet. Boy oh boy, he had me way more excited than I had any business being during a routine midseason loss.
Make that SEVEN treys for Luke Kornet pic.twitter.com/HaH0NcbjNo— The Knicks Wall (@TheKnicksWall) December 28, 2018
Kornet with his sixth 3-pointer which ties the career high by Mr Porzingis for most in a game pic.twitter.com/KXf8RiCjYx— Knicks Film School (@KnickFilmSchool) December 28, 2018
Most of Luke’s damage came from beyond the arc, and that was totally cool. His outside shot kept the floor spaced pretty well when he was out there, and you can’t really argue with your starting center putting up Steph Curry 3-pointer totals.
On top of that, Kornet played some solid D throughout, filling the lane well on the defensive end. If Fizdale does his usual thing and lets this new starting lineup cook for a few games, it should be an interesting experiment.
Speaking of the starting lineup, if there’s one guy that has proved that he should never, ever, ever be removed from the starting group, it’s Noah Vonleh. Noah had 15 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks, and he played some great defense on Giannis Antetokounmpo once again.
Halftime Highlight ✨— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) December 28, 2018
V NLEH pic.twitter.com/Az0Vwq9glW
VONLEH = THE FREAK STOPPER pic.twitter.com/6F2EBZHPta— Knicks Film School (@KnickFilmSchool) December 28, 2018
Frank Ntilikina returned to the rotation with five points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal. Not quite the bang that he came back with after his last DNP, but he showed some aggression, which is seemingly what Fizdale’s looking for out of him.
Great cut by Frank as George Hill turns his back to him pic.twitter.com/5w5qzx5uy9— Knicks Film School (@KnickFilmSchool) December 28, 2018
In other news, Enes Kanter got thrown out of the game, and the ejection was probably bullshit but I didn’t really care because it meant more Luke Kornet in my life.
Kanter and Giannis getting into it pic.twitter.com/mOXSnLaiyp— Knicks Film School (@KnickFilmSchool) December 28, 2018
Let’s see... yeah, I guess those are the more important points. Emmanuel Mudiay and Kevin Knox were just kinda so-so tonight. Trey Burke drew a DNP-CD. Courtney Lee started and still looked rusty. Tim Hardaway Jr. was sick and didn’t play.
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