One day, RJ Barrett's quick play and power will lead the Knicks to victory. However, this day is not here yet.
The garden turned into an ugly Saturday night as the crowd feeds backup point guard Dennis Smith Jr. as the Knicks release their home opener, 118-95 to the Celtics.
Before raising questions after the game, angry coach David Fizdale began his press conference by saying, "It was a disturbing second half that we put out there. We hit and did not answer the bell. Everyone took some of the blame, including myself. "
The Knicks missed the start by 13-2 and fell to 0-3, which means that Monday's home game against the moribund Bulls already seems like a must-win. Fans chanted periodically, "We want Frank" ̵
Barrett was great for three-quarters, but the 19-year-old is still not able to handle it. play in the last stanza. He finished with 26 points, making 9 of 20 shots and seven rebounds. The best part is that the rookie drained four of the six 3-pointers – his weakness – but blazed in the final period and ended with four turnovers.
Barrett had two highlights in the third quarter: a base drive for reverse things and a hit left 3-pointer that made fans roar.
Then it got bad, and the Celtics were relentless, led by Bronx-born point guard Kemba Walker with 32 points and four assists. Walker admitted before the game, the Knicks contacted him, entering free agency before signing with Boston.
Concerned fans, at the end of the fourth quarter, started chanting "We want Tacko" for a Celtics 7-foot-5 Tacko Fall rookie – he came in with 3:38 left and the Celtics comfortably ahead, 112-87. Fall, who was listed as 7-7 at Central Florida College, immediately made two dives.
Smith was again brutally relieved by starter Elfrid Peyton – with no result after 11 minutes – and became a scapegoat. Smith missed his only shot late with a clock and made two turnovers and two fouls in eight awkward minutes in the first half.
Fizdale returned to him in the second half, but that was a mistake. Smith extinguished two more shots at the end of the third quarter and the bush was raining before the "We Want Frank" chant. Ntilikina, who did not play Friday in Brooklyn, only entered the final 14 seconds of Saturday's first half.
Smith, ranked in the second half of each of the first two games, is in deep colleague and Fizdale may be close to eliminating him from rotation. He was even undressed by Carsen Edwards, Purdue's untouched guard.
When Smith was removed from the game, he seemed visibly upset and so distracted that he did not hit Ntilikina's outstretched hand. Smith was sitting at the end of the bench, and teammate Damien Dotsson went to talk and reassure him.
Before the game, when asked about his lineup, Smith said, "Nothing's happening to me, it's happening to me." "
He admitted, though, that his confidence was in a low tide.
" He really says the next one comes in, the next one goes in, "he said in advance." That's missing. "
The Knicks led 51-46 halftime, as Julius Randell turned his fortune from his debut against the Nets on Friday with a productive, albeit occasional, first half before he died silently following the break. He finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds. and outside to finish with 15 points in the halftime debut of the Knicks & # 39; Garden as he passes the spit p-16.
Barrett hit two 3-pointers and threw for five tackles, but received several welcoming moments in the NBA when two of his drives were blocked – the first apparently discarded as he jumped from Robert Williams for a dive.
Knicks House The opener got off to a great start as they organized a 13-0 run led by Randle's strong buckets and strong defense to take a 13-2 lead four minutes into the race.
But they resorted to their isolationist ways and released the Celtics immediately into it. The Knicks led 24-22 after a quarter before moving the Celtics ball with seven points in the second quarter. But Payton, again at the beginning, led the jump, giving the Knicks the lead after halftime when the defense squeezed.
In his second game this season, center Mitchell Robinson was extremely active and rude from below. He blocked a shot at the 3-point line and scored in a few rough rebounds, finishing with nine points (3-for-3 from the field) until halftime, but then got into trouble.
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