Game ball to Ntilikina. The defense he played on two critical possessions in the last 2 minutes when the game was tied were as important as any of the shots he made tonight.
Why is RJ in the game? Wouldn't you want Dotson and Trier in the game because they are better free throw shooter? Fiz going to learn his lesson with having RJ in the game needing F.T.
I like how little it take us to get excited about PG play. Lilliard dropped 60 last night, but Blazers lost to Nets because Kyrie and Dinwiddie combined for 67. Russell had 52 in a Warriors loss last night.
In the end, winning makes everything look better.
Last night just reinforced the desire, the dream, to see MRob, KP, Frank and RJ creating havoc on defense together.
I agree about it being dream.
I had a different dream.A Beautiful Dream. It included KP, Frank, Dotson, MRob and Knox. Now those are all Phil and Gaines picks. Yes, MRob and Knox are Gaines picks. The front office kept Gaines around until after the draft of Knox and MRob. His contract wasn't renewed so instead of letting him leave early they kept him around to teach C. Robinson and get advice on who to draft.
ASK THE QUESTION: WHY IS PHIL AND GAINES NO LONGER WITH THE KNICKS?? Look at that lineup!!
My dream doesn't contain a nightmare on defense.
PJ basically got fired after drafting Ntilikina over DSJ. I bet PJ is laughing his ass off this week.
You can't put just anybody of drafting talent. That is why Phil bought in Gaines. That wasn't his strong suit but it was Gaines. They were the perfect match but they could find a coach. Only if someone could get to Dolan and show him what could have been if left alone.
Do see how many ppl don't realize what we had in Phil and Gaines. How in the he** do fire the man that won the most NBA championship and is a former Knick player? Who is going to do more for the Knicks than a Knick? Now if someone out there can point to a better choice than Phil and Gaines. I'm all ears.
I was complaining about the absence of blocks and steals for a 2 game stretch a while ago for someone that is supposed to be an elite defender. His ball pressure has been better, looks like some of the elite on ball defenders like PatBev and Avery when defending now, up close, active hands.All hail #FibaFrank!
According to Basketball-Reference, Ntilikina became the first player in Knicks franchise history to tally at least four made 3PT?s, four thefts and three blocks in the same game. Furthermore, at 21 years of age, he is also the youngest player in NBA history with at least four triples, four steals and three swats in a single contest.
Consider this: In the 22 possessions in which Ntilikina was the primary defender on Luka Doncic last night, Doncic was 5-of-12 from the floor (41%) and 0-of-3 from downtown, for 11 points and three assists while being forced into five turnovers.
When Luka?s primary defender was any Knick other Ntilikina (when Frank was either out of the game or switched onto another Dallas player), Doncic was 8-of-14 (57%) from the field en route to 24 points and seven assists vs. just three turnovers.
Ntilikina was also switched onto Kristaps Porzingis on multiple occasions throughout the night. When guarded by Frank, Porzingis missed all three of his FG attempts. KP was 11-of-19 against all other New York defenders. All told, Mavericks players shot just 27.8% against Ntilikina. Per NBA.com/stats, Frank had seven defensive deflections in the game. No other Knick had more than two.
Since his NBA debut back in 2017, it was immediately apparent that he had the tools to establish himself as an elite perimeter defender. The key question over his first two pro seasons was whether or not he could develop into a competent offensive player.
Well, in the four games he?s started this month, Ntilikina is averaging 32.2 minutes a night and shooting 48.4% from the field and a scorching 58.3% from behind the arc (7-of-12 from 3-point territory). Yes, that?s a remarkably small sample size. Still, it?s hard to watch Ntilikina confidently step into jumpers, as he has done over these past couple of weeks, and not acknowledge that he has the ability to shoot, at least, a league-average percentage from deep. He has increased his eFG% on jumpers from 38.3% in 2018-19, all the way to 54.3% this season.
And, of course, Frank continually finds other ways to contribute. During this current four-game stretch, he has racked up 13 assists, a team-high nine steals, and a team-high seven blocks, while committing just four turnovers. With Ntilikina on the court, the Knicks have scored 103.8 points per 100 possessions. When he?s on the bench, they?ve scored 93.3 points per 100 possessions. This is due in no small part to the fact that the ball moves far more crisply when Frank is on the floor. Frank is averaging 58 passes a game. Every other Knick is averaging 43 or fewer passes. Despite playing the point, Ntilikina has posted a usage rate of just 12.3%.