The New York Knicks’ three-game winning streak was snapped on Wednesday night.
The New York Knicks fell to the Houston Rockets by a score of 119-97 on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.
We are able to learn a few things from the Knicks first loss in three games.
Knicks aren’t ready to compete with great teams
Yes, the Knicks were able to defeat a struggling Cleveland Cavaliers team this past Sunday, but LeBron James’ team isn’t playing like one of the top teams in the NBA.
The Rockets on the other hand, outplayed the Knicks on Wednesday and it goes to show you that New York isn’t ready to contend with the big boys.
This shouldn’t surprise anyone though. If all goes well, New York is 2-3 years away from being a serious contender.
Damyean Dotson showed something
With the Knicks getting blown out in the second half, head coach Jeff Hornacek decided to give rookie Damyean Dotson some playing time and he looked pretty good. Check out his step back shot below.
Damyean Dotson hesitates and finishes! #NBARooks
📺: ESPN pic.twitter.com/ayTHFGCMOc
— NBA (@NBA) November 2, 2017
Dotson finished with nine points, three rebounds and one assist in 17 minutes.
Dotson is a 23 year-old rookie out of the University of Houston. He also looked good during the summer league and the preseason. He could have a bright future.
Frank Ntilikina continues to look good
Knicks’ rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina isn’t ready to start, which is perfectly fine, given the fact that he’s still getting comfortable with his new teammates.
But Ntilikina looked good while defending Rockets’ star James Harden.
Gordon and Anderson 2-on-1 from perimeter off transition, and Frank Ntilikina would have contested either shot, knocks away the extra pass pic.twitter.com/3kmfEUbdUu
— Knicks Film School (@KnickFilmSchool) November 2, 2017
Ntilikina finished the game with two points, eight assists, one rebound, and five steals. Not bad for the 19 year-0ld rookie.