The New York Knicks embarrassed themselves in a game they should have won.
The New York Knicks suffered a humiliating 116-104 loss to the lowly Atlanta Hawks on Friday night as they prepare to play the Houston Rockets on the road.
Here are some observations:
Knicks sloppy on the road
The Knicks turned the ball over 20 times against the Hawks on Friday night. Let that sink in. They pretty much handed Atlanta the game on a silver platter.
I don’t care how bad the Hawks are, you can’t be that careless with the ball.
Kristaps Porzingis turned the ball over three times, as did Tim Hardaway Jr. That’s six turnovers alone between New York’s two star players. They can’t have that.
Must find motivation
The Knicks really are a different team on the road. They just seemed out of sync on offense and took the Hawks way too lightly.
I don’t care if Atlanta has the worst record in the NBA, they’re still a desperate team that wants to win. The Knicks can’t afford to take another team lightly as if they’re proven they’re a playoff team, because they haven’t.
New York may have just defeated the Toronto Raptors, but losing to the Hawks looks very bad. This is a game they should have won.
The Knicks didn’t try much when it came to defending the Hawks’ three point attempts in the second half.
Atlanta ended up connecting on 13 three-point attempts, while shooting 41.9 percent from beyond the arc.
It was nice to see Willy Hernangomez get some playing time, but that was of course due to Enes Kanter missing the game due to back spasms.
The Knicks missed Kanter’s energy on Friday, but that probably would have lost even with him on the floor.
New York will likely lose their second straight game against the Rockets on Saturday night.