The Knicks equally arrived at their Christmas showcase recreation one 12 months in the past as one of many shock groups within the NBA, with a document even barely higher than they’ve posted to date this season.
That vacation loss to Boston on the Backyard left the Knicks with a 16-14 mark, nevertheless, and it started a spiral wherein they dropped six in a row and 11 of 13 on their option to plummeting quickly out of playoff rivalry.
Phil Jackson, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose and others from that crew now not stay in New York, in fact, however Kristaps Porzingis and the Knicks will get one other shot at an necessary Christmas showdown after they play host to Philadelphia at midday on Monday.
“In fact, it is at all times enjoyable to play on Christmas Day. It is at all times an enormous recreation,” Porzingis stated following Friday’s loss in Detroit. “I keep in mind final 12 months we have been taking part in towards Boston. It was actually enjoyable.
“We misplaced the sport, nevertheless it was expertise. My complete household is right here once more, so it should be a enjoyable recreation towards Philly. They seem to be a younger crew that is enjoyable to look at and I feel we’re the identical means, so it should be entertaining.”
The Knicks (17-15) have posted probably the most house wins within the NBA at 15-5, however Friday’s late loss to the Pistons dropped them to only 2-10 exterior Manhattan. That breakdown must be corrected rapidly, with Jeff Hornacek’s crew dealing with 16 of its subsequent 20 video games on the highway starting Wednesday in Chicago.
“In fact, we’re prepared, man,” Enes Kanter stated of dealing with the Sixers on Monday. “When you take a look at this crew, this crew has the expertise on this room to beat each crew on each ground. We simply need to study to determine it out and work on the little particulars and exit and compete. That is it.”
Successful on the highway definitely hasn’t been that straightforward for the Knicks, who solely have defeated the Cavaliers in Cleveland in October and the Nets in Brooklyn earlier this month amongst their first dozen contests away from the Backyard.
The Knicks held a four-point lead with 1:17 remaining on Friday night time, however they could not shut out the victory.
Porzingis not less than netted 29 factors, together with 10 within the fourth quarter, after registering only one level and lacking all 11 of his field-goal makes an attempt in a house win the earlier night time towards Boston. KP added that he “did not have any ache in any respect” within the left knee that pressured him to overlook two video games final week.
“The second half (in Detroit) particularly, I felt higher. My shot felt higher,” Porzingis stated. “I feel I spotted I used to be speeding my shot a little bit bit, attempting to get it off too fast. As soon as I slowed down a little bit bit, that is when the photographs began to be longer and go in. That was it. I simply type of slowed down a little bit bit. However yeah, it is a powerful loss.”
Rookie guard Damyean Dotson was assigned to G-League Westchester for Saturday’s recreation towards Wisconsin; he hasn’t performed in six of the Knicks’ previous seven video games.