Let’s start with the good. RJ Barrett played a hell of a game, scoring 17 points on 7-11 shooting.
RJ forced to the baseline, snakes it back middle and hits Gobert with the nasty left-foot + left-hand finish. Released the ball a beat before Gobert expected. Beautiful move. pic.twitter.com/IXRb406N7Y— Tom Piccolo (@Tom_Piccolo) January 27, 2021
One might as the coaching staff (and the point guard) why RJ only got 11 shot attempts in more than 40 minutes. I know the Jazz can play D, but that is pretty absurd.
Speaking of absurd, Austin Rivers continued his torrid play against the Jazz in the first half, scoring 25 points on 10-10 shooting.
ICYMI: Austin Rivers had an insane 1st half— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) January 27, 2021
25 points. 12 minutes. pic.twitter.com/EeWSzrBAlN
That would not continue in the second half — noticing a theme here? — as Rivers went 0-4 after halftime. The Jazz tightened up their D and the Knicks simply did not have a response. They played some sloppy, lazy basketball over the last 24 minutes. Hopefully we can just chalk it up to the typical malaise teams feel at the end of a long road trip.
Matt Miranda will have the recap later. Have a good evening, ladies and gents.