The Knicks take on the Orlando Magic Sunday night for the first time in ... 48 hours. In case you weren’t watching on Friday, they traveled to Orlando an annihilated the Magic in a 121-96 victory. Now the two teams will clash at MSG. Will we get more of the same?
Maybe. The Magic are clearly one of the worst, if not the worst team in the NBA. They are extremely young. The Knicks did what they were supposed to do on Friday, namely jump on them early and make them quit — “take their heart,” as Clyde said on the broadcast.
Still, the Magic have some rookie talent. Franz Wagner (16 points on Friday) can light it up from beyond the arc (4-5 from three). No. 4 overall pick Jalen Suggs struggled with his shot (4-17 shooting, 0-6 from three), but he’s going to be a special player, and he had some moments in Friday’s blowout.
The good news for the Knicks is that their obvious advantage in talent is going to get a little more obvious, because Taj Gibson is back! Taj welcomed a child into the world last week, and if his new dad strength is anything like what we’ve seen recently from Julius Randle and Obi Toppin, the Knicks should be in luck.