The New York Knicks still have a lot to learn after blowout loss to the Toronto Raptors.
The New York Knicks got humbled on Friday night after falling to the Toronto Raptors by a score of 107-84.
The closest the Knicks came to making a comeback was when they cut the Raptors lead to 10 points in the fourth quarter.
Here are three observations that I made from this humbling loss for the Knicks.
Knicks guards exposed defensively
We already knew that Jarrett Jack isn’t a very good defender and Kyle Lowry had his way with the veteran point guard. It would be nice if Frank Ntilikina is ready by January to take over as the starting point guard because of what a great defender he is.
Courtney Lee also struggled with DeMar DeRozen, who finished the game with 22 points and seven assists.
The road is not friendly
The Knicks started off this season with their first 10 of 14 games at home. That is certainly a nice luxury, but they now need to learn how to win on the road. Now of course a road game against a very good Raptors team is a tall task for any team.
You also have to give Toronto some credit, they’re playing really good ball right now after beating the Houston Rockets on the road this past week. They held the Knicks to a 33 percent field goal percentage.
Knicks aren’t ready to compete with the big boys
The Raptors are a top five team in the Eastern Conference. This game was a way for the Knicks to find out that they still have a lot of work to do after an 8-6 start prior to Friday night.
The Knicks also needed more from Kristaps Porzingis, who had an off night. The Knicks leading scorers were Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. with 13 points a piece. Not good.