Tim Hardaway Jr. Wins Revenge Game Over Hawks
A red hot Knicks team with ten moral victories in their first eleven games took the trip down to Atlanta to play the Hawks for the second time in the young season.
Meet the new result, same as the old result. A Knicks win.
The Knicks struggled offensively in the first half as Tim Hardaway Jr. returned to the starting lineup for the first time in a couple of games following an issue with his back. Noah Vonleh carried the team offensively by knocking down a few from downtown including one with his toes on the line. As a team the Knicks missed 7 free throws in the first quarter alone. They’d finish the first quarter tied at 26 against a Hawks team coming off a blown lead to Charlotte last night.
In the first half Mitchell Robinson and Enes Kanter struggeld with Alex Len and whichever Plumlee is still in the league and plays in Atlanta. Since moving to the bench Kanter seems to struggle with gameflow during his initial check-in. As someone who historically struggles on the defensive end of the floor his rotations and back to the basket defense aren’t helped by cold legs.
The Baby Knicks came out en fuego to start the second half as Tim Hardaway Jr. came to life with some timely shooting by Allonzo Trier and Frankie Smokes. Knicks would put up 35 in the third to the Hawks paltry 18.
In the fourth, whichever Plumlee is on the Hawks asserted himself offensively on Kanter including a personal foul where he flipped Kanter over him where Enes would appear to land on his head, but ended up on Plumlee’s legs to cushion the fall. The Hawks would climb back to within 7 before the Kanter free throws would set them up for good.
The story of the game tonight had to be The French Prince locking exciting rookie Trae Young up all night. Young would pour in 15 on the night, but most of his damage would occur after Ntilikina fouled out about halfway through the fourth quarter. Frank would also hit his first three in 15 attempts tonight.
Kevin Konx played nine minutes after playing five minutes in the double overtime effort against Chicago in his first game back from rolling his ankle. In nine minutes Knox got his money’s worth by throwing up six shots, three of them from beyond the arc. He failed to convert on a single one.
Six Knicks would end up in double figures with the high man being Hardaway with 34. Two Knicks would finish with double doubles with Vonleh going for 11 & 13 and Kanter going for 17 & 11 following a 20–20 game on Monday night.
The Record: 4–8
On Pace: 21–61 (Ping Pong Balls)
The Heroes: Tim Hardaway Jr., Frankie Smokes, Iso Zo,
Next Game: 11/10, 3:00 PM @ Toronto Raptors (10–1)