The New York Knicks looked like a juggernaut on Friday night when they marched into Orlando and stomped the Magic. They got that same Magic team at MSG Sunday night, and everybody — including the Knicks players, it seems — were believing the hype.
Alas, the Knicks aren’t that good. They allowed the Magic to keep the game close through three quarters, but still held the lead. Then Terrence Ross — the longest-tenured Magician left on the roster and a long-time Knick-killer — went off. I was actually feeling pretty good about the Knicks’ chances, even as their lead slipped away, all until Ross hit his first couple of Kobe fadeaways with multiple defenders in his face. That dude has been roasting the Knicks for years, and it doesn’t matter how good the teams supposedly are.
Pretty much the entire roster sucked except Mitchell Robinson and Derrick Rose. Mitch was briefly injured by some knee-to-knee contact, but returned to the court and played quite well. Rose kept the Knicks afloat with 23 points, but couldn’t get them over the hump. Julius Randle had 30 points, but shot 8-24. Outside of Rose, the three-point shooting was putrid in the second half.
Recap to come. Rough stuff.