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.
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 Porzingis‘ recovery being on the right track. It is best to temper expectations for the Knicks for the rest of the season.
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