The Knicks marched into Portland tonight looking for a second straight W, and although they had one of their trademark “keep it close in the first half” performances, they ultimately succumbed to the Blazers, 111-101.
The Blazers had six players with over 10 points, led by Jusuf Nurkic’s 20 points and eight rebounds. Neither Damian Lillard nor CJ McCollum were really all that impressive (though they scored 17 apiece), but Steph Curry’s brother dropped in an efficient 13 points.
"Seth Curry, Steph Curry's brother."— Posting and Toasting (@ptknicksblog) January 8, 2019
Wonder if that ever gets old for Seth.
But hey, this is what we wanted, right? The road to Zion is paved with Ls, glued together with Knick fan tears. Don’t ask how tears can glue. They just glue.
Emmanuel Mudiay played pretty well despite his less-than-impressive 7-17 shooting line. Mud had 17 points, but most impressive was his eight assists, where he had a great feel for finding his teammates for most of the night.
Damn, that was a nice little pass by Mudiay pic.twitter.com/edtxMNyS03— Posting and Toasting (@ptknicksblog) January 8, 2019
Mudiay with another dime pic.twitter.com/rdcSJNoDXo— Posting and Toasting (@ptknicksblog) January 8, 2019
There was a stat that Mike Breen dropped in the third... Via assist or scoring himself, Mudiay had a part in every Knick point for about the first six to seven minutes of that quarter. Pretty impressive stuff.
Enes Kanter had 18 points and 14 rebounds tonight, and this was actually a decent matchup for him. Nurkic could hold his own against Kanter, but the big Turk mangled guys like Meyers Leonard and Zach Collins down low on the offensive glass for second-chance points. He also did this:
"Enes, pretend the hoop is Erdogan's stupid face" pic.twitter.com/CDybO56vjs— Posting and Toasting (@ptknicksblog) January 8, 2019
Mario Hezonja, for the second straight game, came out on fire off the bench. Hez had 14 points and seven rebounds in 31 minutes tonight.
Hezonja been eating his Wheaties lately or what?? pic.twitter.com/U422ES54JR— Posting and Toasting (@ptknicksblog) January 8, 2019
Oh, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t bring up Noah Vonleh, who returned to his former team that he had spent the most time with in his career and put up an impressive 16-point, 14-rebound double-double. Vonleh did a bit of everything, from threes (he made 3-5) to rim-rockers.
You’d be hard-pressed to find another “good” performance tonight. Tim Hardaway Jr., in particular, may as well have just popped a squat during his 27 minutes tonight. He was utter trash.
But yeah, pretty numb to the whole “losing” thing at this point. This was a good L. Keep it up, Knicks.
MMiranda’s got the recap in a little bit.