The Knicks were routed from their own Madison Square Garden floor — their second straight 30-point-plus loss — this time by the Denver Nuggets who rained 3-pointers on the Knicks all night. Scores of people left for the exits in the 3rd quarter. The Knicks as a team seemed to give up. New York is now 4-18, the laughing stock of the NBA, prompting many on Knicks Twitter to speculate that this was the final straw for head coach David Fizdale.
Denver Strategy — Attack from 3
Frank Ntilikina (3-5 for 9 points) and Marcus Morris (4-13 for 10 pts) were back from injury and in the starting lineup. And the starters started off the game well — the Knicks played strong in the 1st quarter to get out to an 18-12 lead. But the Nuggets started executing their plan — which was to attack the Knicks from 3-pt range. After the game, a Nugget said that they knew going in the Knicks were a good defensive team at guarding the paint, so the strategy was to pass along the perimeter and attack from 3. And that’s what they did.
Knicks Don’t Put a Priority on Guarding the 3
The Knicks have their latest in a string of coaches who have put guarding the paint at a higher priority than guarding the 3. Jeff Hornacek believed that; Derek Fisher believed that; Mike Woodson believed that; certainly Mike D’Antoni didn’t have the Knicks guarding the 3. It is an amazing run of coaches who places guarding the 3 as a secondary priority.
Lone Bright Spot
For the Knicks Mitchell Robinson had a good game — 6-8 from the floor for 17 points and no fouls in 30 minutes. Even in the blowout his high motor on the offensive and defensive ends stood out.
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) December 6, 2019
Damyean Dotson dislocated his pinky finger on a play early in the 1st half; left the game and therefore only got 4 minutes. Despite that (opening up playing time for other guards), and despite the blowout opening up lots of garbage time, Allonzo Trier only got 6 minutes — despite going 2-3 for 6 points. Lots of ‘despite’s there.
Elfrid Payton was back and played 11 minutes, scoring 4 pts.