Knicks Drop Preseason Contest to Timberwolves
The Knicks experienced a tough preseason setback at the hands of the Minnesota Timberwolves, losing 121-112 at their home court at Madison Square Garden. While preseason outcomes are not necessarily indicative of regular-season success, there were significant takeaways from this matchup.
A notable performance came from RJ Barrett, who led the Knicks in scoring with 23 points. Barrett’s 6-of-15 field goal shooting was an improvement compared to the previous game when he struggled with his shooting.
Miles McBride deserves special mention for his outstanding performance coming off the bench. He made an impressive 6-of-6 field goals, accumulating 16 points. McBride’s ability to provide an immediate scoring boost and his unwavering efficiency are qualities the Knicks value as they shape their rotation.
Josh Hart, who was absent from the previous game, wasted no time making his presence felt on the court. The moment he checked in, he dove into the stands to secure a loose ball, showcasing the kind of grit and hustle that fans have come to appreciate. However, Hart’s playing time was limited, with just 7 minutes and 34 seconds on the court. He was rested in the second half, a sensible precaution by the coaching staff.
On the Timberwolves’ side, Naz Reid led the scoring charge with an impressive 22 points. The talented Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns each added 17 points, highlighting the Timberwolves’ offensive prowess. Shake Milton chipped in with 12 points, adding to the Timberwolves’ balanced scoring effort.
A standout moment of the game was delivered by Mitchell Robinson, who left his mark with a highlight-reel block on Karl-Anthony Towns’ layup, sending the ball emphatically against the backboard. Robinson’s shot-blocking abilities are expected to be a key factor in the Knicks’ defense this season.
The Knicks faced a challenging deficit, trailing 99-86 early in the fourth quarter. However, they mounted a spirited comeback, narrowing the gap to 104-101 within a span of just four and a half minutes. Unfortunately, they couldn’t maintain their momentum, as the Timberwolves embarked on an 11-0 run to put the game out of reach.
In terms of preseason records, the Knicks stand at 1-1, while the Timberwolves have enjoyed an undefeated run, boasting a 3-0 record. While the preseason is primarily a testing ground for rotations and strategies, this game served as a reminder of the fine-tuning that lies ahead for the Knicks as they prepare for the regular season.