Despite Jamal Murray immediately canning a top of the key triple to open the festivities, a funky little jump start had the Knicks in front early. Then the bench unit came in and the Nuggets finished the first on a 9-0 run to go up 33-27. Featuring Juancho Hernangomez and his gang just loitering in the right corner, picking up loose change and hassling the locals.
the nuggets should just open a bodega on that corner— stingy (@aighttho) December 6, 2019
The second quarter was more of the same and the first play of the third quarter was more still! Denver started dancing, prancing and lancing more threes. New York was down by 43 at their worst and ultimately lost by 37.
So the list of things that went right is pretty limited. Taj Gibson scrapped out some defense leading to some made-to-look-easy offense for RJ Barrett.
Very good defense by Taj Gibson to stay in front of Jamal Murray and poke the ball away. Then RJ Barrett throws it down in transition. Might be a platonic ideal of a Knicks play this season for them. https://t.co/6cRgZA1iqy pic.twitter.com/GL75Ql32JF— Mike Vorkunov (@MikeVorkunov) December 6, 2019
Something we’re starting to get used to is Marcus Morris bringing the junk to the yard.
Marcus Morris and Nikola Jokic earn double techs. They got tied up underneath and then Morris gave Jokic a shove. Jokic got in Morris' face and chest bumps him. They had to be kept apart. That's a league-leading 7th technical foul for Morris in his 20th game for the Knicks. pic.twitter.com/oQU8pnLDqI— Mike Vorkunov (@MikeVorkunov) December 6, 2019
That’s what happens when your franchise center looks like a milkshake. Anyway, point/counterpoint, don’t get used to this:
Really good sign for the Knicks offense early when Randle is looking to hit teammates out of drives pic.twitter.com/kTF47tV2Tk— Tom Piccolo (@Tom_Piccolo) December 6, 2019
I’ll give you one guess as to whether that good sign kept sending a frequency. The horrific return of Elfrid Payton didn’t impede the re-emergence of Mitchell Robinson. Check the impeccable timing on this pinpoint pass.
Welcome back Elfrid, please feed Mitch all day with oops like this!!! pic.twitter.com/bWUM2rBB27— Posting and Toasting (@ptknicksblog) December 6, 2019
The rest of Payton’s night was so rusted over, I’m surprised they drove it off the lot.
Kevin Knox II got his first career block, immediately followed by some masterful offensive stratagem by the Knicks coaching braintrust.
Kevin Knox going crazy on both ends pic.twitter.com/22zBcp9Kgc— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) December 6, 2019
Just kidding, David Fizdale is not as inventive as that.
Then the Garden was treated to a mudslide, which is too graphic for this wholesome ass website. When we were finally able to return to the action... nothing mattered.
Nice sequence from Mitch, fierce block on one end leads to a layup on the other— Posting and Toasting (@ptknicksblog) December 6, 2019
(The staredown was maybe a bit much down almost 30 though ) pic.twitter.com/ZcpOJLYazG
The foibles and follies continued. Walt Frazier and Mike Breen even slowly took the air out of the game. At one point an errant ball went to Clyde and he said, “I got the ball, Mike. I think i’ll keep it, so they can’t play.” That would have been the high point of the season so far.