Wednesday, June 12 2024

The Knicks lost to the New Orleans Pelicans, 115-92, without Jalen BrunsonIsaiah Hartenstein and a host of other starters.

Here are the key takeaways…

– Without their leading scorer in Brunson, the Knicks struggled to get any kind of offense going, especially at the beginning of the game. Rolling out a starting five of mostly bench players on a fully healthy roster in Precious Achiuwa, Jericho Sims, Miles McBride, Josh Hart and Donte DiVincenzo, New York relied on the three-ball as the great equalizer.

However, the problem was hardly any shots were falling as the Knicks went 7-for-22 from the field, 3-for-12 from three and even 2-for-4 from the line in the opening 12 minutes. That problem did not correct itself as they finished the game shooting 31-for-83 (37.3 percent) from the field and 14-for-46 (30.4 percent) from deep.

Bojan Bogdanovic came off the bench late in the first quarter, but made his presence known in the second where he scored 12 of his 20 points on the night, making as much of an impact as any other player on the court. He also had five assists and four rebounds in 29 minutes on the floor.

– Overall, though, the most impactful player on New York’s side was Hart who had another double-double after doing it all, finishing with 15 points, 10 rebounds (three offensive rebounds), five assists and two steals. His tenacity on both ends of the floor helped cut a 10-point deficit into a one-point deficit at halftime and kept the game close for as long as it was before the wheels ultimately fell off for a depleted Knicks squad.

– Those wheels began showing signs of needing to be replaced at the start of the third quarter when the Pelicans went on a 10-0 run right out of the gate. After doing a good enough job of containing Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram in the first half (10 and 11 points, respectively), the two combined for 45 total points on 16-for-33 shooting.

– Despite it being the second game of a back-to-back and a plethora of starters out, head coach Tom Thibodeau kept it to a seven-man rotation until two minutes left and the game well out of reach with multiple players racking up heavy minutes. New York allowed 41 points in the fourth quarter.

– Every single Knicks player to take the floor finished with a negative plus/minus rating, with McBride posing a team-worst minus-26 in 40 minutes.

Highlights

What’s next

The Knicks hope to have Brunson back in time for Thursday’s leap day contest against Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors at MSG. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Source: Yahoo Sports

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