The Nets, Kings Return in Madison Square Garden

In their penultimate game of the season at Madison Square Garden, the Knicks welcomed their neighbors into the fourth and final round of the New York Derby. Despite being eliminated from the playoffs, Tom Thibodeau and his men want to finish the season on top form. Above all, the residents of MSG want to avoid a “comb” against Kevin Durant and his gang, while playing the depraved sports of the race to “play in”.

After a quiet first quarter (29-25 for the Knicks), during which both teams took some time to find their attacking rhythm, the Knicks hit hard at the start of the second quarter. Applying in defense, the “Tips” men give easy points in the counterattack, and sign the first half of the meeting (44-31).

In the half, he’s flexible (19 assists for 23 baskets), and under excellent momentum from Alec Burks, and growing RJ Barrett (16 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists), the locals are signaling +17 at the break (67-50). ).

The intensity and level of play drop at the start of the second half, like this eye-stinging third quarter in attack (22-15 for the nets). Brooklyn is caricatured halfway around the field, with almost regular solitude by Kevin Durant. But … it works: “KD” plants 10 points in the third quarter alone, and in its wake the net returns to -10 (82-72) after 36 minutes.

At the beginning of the last quarter, it was Pushing force The Knicks are not good, and the disaster scenario will come true: The Nets commit to a score of 15-2 and pass in front of the score for the first time since the first quarter (87-84). The Knicks have been completely knocked out late in the game (16 points at 4/15 in the fourth quarter), quite a bit this season. In contrast, Kevin Durant continues his momentum in the third quarter: the winger scored 13 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists… in the fourth quarter!

In its wake, and thanks to four award-winning shots from Patty Mills, Brooklyn flies to victory on the park floor, having tallied up to 21 points (110-98), and is, for the time being, ranked eighth in play in.

What to remember

– Knicks missing after the break. In the first period, locals scored 67 points, 48% in shots. After the break, the fall was a staggering: only 31 points, 26% in shots. A rather lunar contrast, and above all it is especially difficult to analyze.

– Second biggest comeback of the season at Madison Square Garden Networks. The first dates start on February 17th, when the Nets won “MSG” after counting…28 points. Terrible discovery for the Knicks.

tops/swings

Kevin Durant. Against a team he was linked with for several months in 2019, the winger struck the double with 32 points (13 in the fourth quarter), 10 rebounds and 11 assists, and 50% in shots (11/22). Conservative in the first half, like his team, he gained momentum in the second, sinking the Knicks significantly in the final quarter.

Obi Tobin. Fairly well lately (14.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in the last 8 games before Brooklyn), the former Dayton player put in another good game. Julius Randle’s place holder, whose season ended a few days ago, played 43 minutes and collected 19 points (7/13), 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 balls. “Obi One” hasn’t always been consistent this season, but he certainly ends the season in the best way possible.

Jericho Sims. The Knicks’ hidden hub started in the five grand laps, with Mitchell Robinson, ill, absent. This was his third start of the season, and thus in his career, and he made it unforgettable: he signed his first double with the pros (10 points and 13 rebounds), also adding 3 blocks and 2 assists. Not designed last summer, it’s a good find from the Knicks crew, who will undoubtedly continue to develop it in the future.

patty mills. Ghostly for three quarters, the Australian came out of his box in “money time” and hardened the Knicks with four winning shots. In total, he finished at 15 points, 5/7 behind the arc.

⛔️ Knicks free throws. They signed a shocking 21/36 in exercise. That’s twice as many attempts as the Nets…with only 7 more successes (14/18 for Brooklyn). The calculations are made quickly: New York missed 15 free throws and lost 12 points. very sad.

the following

New York (35-45): Friday trip to Washington

Brooklyn (42-38): Friday, Cleveland Reception

nicks / 98 shots bounce
players minimum shots 3 points LF a Dr T pd Ceremony Int baby CT +/- points evaluation
J Sims 35 4/6 0/0 2/6 4 9 13 2 5 1 1 3 -12 10 22
O. Tobin 43 7/13 2/4 3/6 2 3 5 3 2 1 0 3 -10 19 22
a. pyrex 38 7/14 4/6 6/8 0 4 4 1 4 1 4 0 -17 24 17
E Fournier 29 3/9 2/7 0/0 1 3 4 3 1 0 2 0 +7 8 7
R. Barrett 45 7/27 11/2 7/12 1 6 7 7 3 0 3 0 -14 23 9
T Gibson 18 2/2 1/1 0/0 2 3 5 1 2 0 0 1 -2 5 12
Mr. McBride 7 1/4 1/3 0/0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 +3 3 1
I’m quikly 26 1/8 1/6 3/4 0 3 3 5 2 1 1 0 -15th 6 6
sum 32/83 13/38 21/36 10 32 42 22 19 4 11 7 98
Clear / 110 shots bounce
players minimum shots 3 points LF a Dr T pd Ceremony Int baby CT +/- points evaluation
K. Durant 42 11/22 2/10 8/9 2 8 10 11 5 1 4 2 +19 32 40
B Brown 33 2/6 0/1 1/2 2 5 7 5 4 0 1 1 +12 5 12
Alf Drummond 18 2/6 0/0 0/0 3 6 9 0 2 1 1 1 +1 4 10
K Irving 43 9/26 3/12 3/3 2 6 8 7 3 3 3 1 +17 24 23
jog 30 5/10 3/7 2/3 0 2 2 2 3 1 0 0 +18 15th 14
The Claxton 23 4/8 0/0 0/1 3 4 7 0 5 0 2 1 -2 8 9
K. Edwards 18 3/7 1/4 0/0 1 2 3 1 1 0 0 1 -1 7 8
L. Aldridge 6 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 3 0 1 0 1 1 -16 0 3
B Mills 24 5/7 5/7 0/0 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 0 +21 15th 15th
Jim Thomas 5 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 -9 0 -1
sum 41/93 14/41 14/18 13 36 49 28 26 7 13 7 110

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