In a game where the Atlanta Hawks outrebounded the New York Knicks, 54 to 35, it was only a matter of time before the flow of the game fell in the Hawks’ favor.

Outside of rebounding, the Hawks shot 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 75 percent from the line, both figures besting the Knicks’ collective effort. New York would go on to lose by seven points, bringing them to an abysmal 9-25 record.

It would be a disservice, however, to ignore the efforts of Kevin Knox and Emmanuel Mudiay, whom combined for 56 points.

Knoxing on Heaven’s door

Knox came out of the gates burning hot, scoring 17 points in the first quarter. His 3-point shooting was lights out to start the game, but he missed every shot from distance in the remainder of the game. Knox finished with 24 points and six rebounds on a slash line of .471/.430/.833, consistent with his performances over the last six games or so. Win or lose, the display Knox has been giving Knicks fans is encouraging enough for the future, as the Knicks remain steadfast on a rebuilding effort.

All-Star effort from Mudiay

Mudiay erupted for 30 or more points for the third time in his last five games. He scored 32 points shooting 12-of-20 and shot 3-of-7 from beyond the arc. His efforts were dampened by his four assists and three turnovers, numbers the Knicks should hope Mudiay can work on as the season drags on. Mudiay is not solely to blame for the Knicks’ losing efforts, of course, as the team committed 22 personal fouls and shot 29.6 percent from beyond the arc. Mudiay played like an All-Star, though he is not likely to receive that consideration this season. Nonetheless, this doesn’t mean he can’t bask in the spotlight.

The losing trend is creeping up on the Knicks, which could mean this season is lost despite news surfacing of Kristaps Porzingisrecovery being on the right track. It is best to temper expectations for the Knicks for the rest of the season.

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I’ve been a Knicks fan since 2011-12, a Yankees fan for even longer, and have made my way into the NFL as a Jets fan. Only one of those teams has actual relevance, but I will support them as I do best. Lately, I’ve taken an interest in advertising and marketing, but sports still have a hold on me.
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Content Creator at Armchair New York Knicks , The Armchair All-Americans LLC
I’ve been a Knicks fan since 2011-12, a Yankees fan for even longer, and have made my way into the NFL as a Jets fan. Only one of those teams has actual relevance, but I will support them as I do best. Lately, I’ve taken an interest in advertising and marketing, but sports still have a hold on me.
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