The Knicks are back, y’all — preseason back!
New York rode an impressive third quarter to a comfortable 90-84 win over a booty Detroit Pistons club. It wasn’t the most beautiful game you’ve ever seen, to be honest.
The game started out poorly, with a starting lineup of mostly mediocre vets and an ice-cold RJ Barrett. RJ started 2-10 from the field in the first half.
The game picked up when the bench unit of Dennis Smith Jr., Frank Ntilikina, Kevin Knox, Obi Toppin and Mitchell Robinson entered the game. Knox and Toppin parlayed some impressive passing into a dunk.
PUT IT IN THE MoMA pic.twitter.com/LrJ6T3nvfz— The Strickland (@TheStrickland) December 12, 2020
RJ couldn’t hit a shot to save his life in the first half, but he did show off his passing chops.
RJ with the nice drive and oop pic.twitter.com/YDQL2ympEU— The Strickland (@TheStrickland) December 12, 2020
Obi passed well through most of the game, though he went kind of off the rails in the fourth quarter.
Obi’s passing >>> pic.twitter.com/uDzBHtgxNP— The Knicks Wall (@TheKnicksWall) December 12, 2020
RJ hit 5 of his 6 shots in the second half to finished 7-16 for 15 points. Not bad, but he needs to improve from beyond the arc (0-4).
RJ Barrett cutting to the rim pic.twitter.com/EBi8wIRkkR— Bleacher Report NBA (@BR_NBA) December 12, 2020
The Knicks were pretty horrible as a time from range, hitting only 5-23. But Dennis Smith Jr. actually hit one of those threes, and played pretty well overall.
DENNIS FOR 3— The Knicks Wall (@TheKnicksWall) December 12, 2020
THAT’S RIGHT pic.twitter.com/ezAlVkw5kP
Pretty much all the young players (plus Elfrid Payton) looked great in the third quarter. It was a fun performance overall, though they almost certainly would have lost to a decent NBA club. The Pistons are going to give them a run for the league’s worst record.