Sunday, October 2 2022
Knicks RJ Barrett backing down Trae Young Hawks black jersey

Knicks RJ Barrett backing down Trae Young Hawks black jersey

The Knicks welcomed Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks to MSG on Tuesday, but were unable to come away with the victory as New York lost 117-111.

With Julius Randle out with an injury, coach Tom Thibodeau started Obi Toppin along with RJ Barrett, Evan Fournier, Mitchell Robinson and Alec Burks against the Hawks.

Here are the takeaways….

1. The Knicks started the game cold, missing their first two shots, but would find their rhythm. Barrett drove to the basket and the defense converted turnovers into points. However, the Hawks would go on a 7-0 run and the Knicks defense had no answer for Atlanta’s offense. The Knicks would go on a 9-2 run of their own to take a lead. Barrett and Trae Young — who returned to MSG for the first time since last year’s playoffs — traded layups as the first quarter ended with the Knicks on top, 34-30.

Both teams shot well — Knicks 54 percent, Hawks 55 percent. Young led Atlanta with 11 points while Barrett led all scorers with 12 points in that quarter. Burks shot 4-for-5 from the field — including 3-for-3 from three — to add 11 points.

2. Immanuel Quickley, Miles McBride, Taj Gibson, Quentin Grimes and Jericho Sims started the second quarter for the Knicks. The Knicks got off to an 8-0 run and took a 44-33 lead, but the Hawks would answer back with a 12-2 run. Another Hawks run gave Atlanta a nine-point lead, but a late three from Fournier had the Knicks down just 64-58 at the half.

it wasn’t a good defensive quarter for the Knicks, who allowed the Hawks to shoot 50 percent and Young to score 13 points (24 in total up to this point). The Knicks shot 42 percent, but aside from Barrett — 17 points up to this point — there wasn’t consistent offense.

3. The Knicks’ starting five began the third quarter. The Knicks would go on a 9-0 run to cut Atlanta’s lead thanks to the team forcing turnovers. Young’s play would stop the bleeding for the Hawks as the two teams went back and forth. Barrett and the Knicks went on a 9-0 run to take their first lead since the middle of the second quarter and ended the third up 89-87.

The Knicks defense clamped down on the Hawks, limiting them to just 44 percent shooting in the third. Young continued to get his as he ended the third with 38 points. Barrett led the comeback and had 26 points up to this point.

4. Barrett, Grimes, Quickley, Sims and Gibson started the fourth quarter for the Knicks. The Knicks began the quarter on a 7-0 run against the Hawks’ second unit. Atlanta answered with a 7-0 run of their own, most of it with Barrett on the bench. The Hawks went on a 13-2 run to take a six-point lead with less than two minutes to go. The Knicks and Barrett were unable to knock down shots, which led to an Atlanta 117-111 win.

This game saw a duel between Young and Barrett, with the Hawks guard coming out on top. He scored 45 points — a career-high at MSG — including some dagger shots in the closing minutes. Barrett would lead the Knicks with 30 points, but would only score two points in the fourth quarter. He had 13 rebounds and three assists to round out his stat line. Burks was the team’s second-leading scorer with 21 points while Quickley added 17 off the bench.


What’s next

The Knicks travel to Charlotte to take on the Hornets on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Source: Yahoo Sports


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