Julius Randle (Julius Randle) once again showed dizzying ability in the 11-point game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night. His seventh career triple-double scored 28 points, 12 points. Rebounds and 11 assists became the Knicks first.
Randle’s performance was in front of about 300 fans at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. This victory gave the Knicks a two-game winning streak, which was their only three games last season. The Cavaliers entered the game 3-0, but lacked a pile of corpses including Kevin Love, while the Knicks had no rookie and Dennis Smith Jr. (Dennis Smith Jr.) Alec. Alec Burks, let alone Austin Rivers.
In the end, what really matters is Randall. He performed throughout the night, played a game-high 44 minutes, accumulated amazing numbers, and looked like an All-Star. After tonight, he averaged 25 points, 1
After beating the Milwaukee Bucks with 20 points on Tuesday night, it felt like a classic game of the Knicks. Only the Knicks did not get the memo. The early situation went back and forth, and by the four minutes of the first quarter, Tom Thibodeau called his first timeout as planned, even though the Cavaliers were only 6-5.
Since Thibs requires such a quick timeout, we should take a breather to resolve Thibs’ strong influence on the Knicks. It is difficult to describe in words just how much influence Thibodeau’s coach has on the team. Rotation is tight, people know when they get an opportunity, and they understand what is expected of them. Those who enrich their capital will get further rewards. No one wants to arouse Sibis’s anger. It only took more than 20 years to hire 12 coaches, but the Knicks finally found a suitable candidate for Jeff Van Gundy.
Back to action: Randle scored an excellent first quarter with the help of Reggie Bullock. He got nails in all the first three 3-pointers and scored 17 points that night. Elfrid Payton’s jumper didn’t sizzle as Wednesday (he finished 6-15 on the court), but he also played an impressive game against the Cavaliers (14 Points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 to 2-4). .
After a sloppy start, the Knicks began to operate in the middle of the first phase, and by the end of the quarter, they had risen 29-15.
At the beginning of the second quarter, it felt like a Bucks game. The most impressive thing is that the Knicks are consuming three-pointers, just as they are the best three-pointers in the NBA.
The Knicks are now the best three-point shooting team in the league, accounting for 45.9%. They were the fourth worst in the league last season. Since the 2014-15 season, their results have not exceeded 20th. 2020 will never surprise you.
-Mike Vorkunov (@MikeVorkunov) December 30, 2020
However, unlike Milwaukee, Cleveland did not collapse. After falling as many as 16 people, the Cavaliers crawled backwards and kept pace with the Knicks midway through the second quarter. A familiar feeling began to fill the air. This is the Knicks as we know it. The Cavaliers will take the lead and never look back.
The Knicks entered the breakup by 7 points. The second half mainly protected their lead. The fourth quarter missed some disgusting minutes, which included an 8-second violation and more turnovers than your grandmother’s pastry party. Timely basketball like Randle and RJ Barrett helped the Knicks overcome their struggles, and when everything was said, New York won by 95-86.
The Knicks are now 2-2, a record they have set again with the help of Derek Fisher since the 2015-16 season. That may be the last time we have to describe what Fisher did to the Knicks in a favorable way.
> Some Randle dimes are really delicious. It’s delicious enough. If he can continue, then he is an All-Star player, and the Knicks are above average by default.
> Barrett’s performance was poor, scoring 12 points on a 4-15 shooting percentage. However, as usual, he did not let his stroke prevent him from trying to help in other ways. In addition to digging some big barrels deep, Barrett also had 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.
> Frank Ntilikina continued to work hard to play his role as a substitute. He took advantage of the opportunities brought by the absence of DSJ and Immanuel Quickley, played 16 rock-solid minutes, and scored 5 points (2-5 on the field, 1-3 in the depths), 3 rebounds, and 3 assists. And 2 steals.
> Kevin Knox (6 points with 2-3 points on the field, 1 rebound in 16 minutes) continues to be competent. Nothing is better, and nothing worse. Simple and competent. This marks a major improvement.
> The Knicks can indeed use better dribblers. When Elf is not on the court, the Cavaliers will step up defense, which is really difficult for Ntilikina, Barrett or others who try to raise the ball. Tonight, the Knicks were asked for two separate eight-second violations, which basically never happened.
> The departure center Mitchell Robinson is correct. Mickey performed consistently throughout the night, ending the game with 9 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks. He didn’t get his first foul until the end of the second quarter, and didn’t show good fouls until the end of the fourth quarter, when he was asked to make three quick fouls within three seconds.
> The New York team turned the ball 25 times and shot 13-21 from the free throw line. Most of the time, this kind of garbage will not fly.
However, the bullshit did fly tonight. This is thanks to Julius Randle, who has had to endure a lot of heat as a consolation prize since signing with the Knicks two summers ago. Randle (Randle) is only 26 years old, in theory can still be part of the team’s future, but if his value continues to soar, he may also be traded at some point.
The future of birds. Tonight is a night worth celebrating. As Ewing Finger Roll of Doom said: “Dear Julius, we are sorry.
The Knicks will play against the Raptors in Tampa on New Year’s Eve, because we are still in the midst of a once-in-a-century pandemic and Toronto is currently unable to play home games on their home court. Crazy things. The tip is 7:30.
Be there safely and happy new year everyone!