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Sacramento Kings vs New York Knicks

The Kings are going streaking! Having beat Oklahoma Metropolis and Philadelphia within the comforts of dwelling, Sacramento has determined to take their profitable methods on the highway, and check their mettle in opposition to a 6-5 New York Knicks workforce. Gone are Phil Jackson and resident celebrity Carmelo Anthony, and of their place are Kings transplant Scott Perry and mutant freak Kristaps Porzingis; each chomping on the bit to show round a franchise mired by mediocre to horrible basketball since Jeff Van Gundy nonetheless had some hair on his head. Come see what $141 million for Joakim Noah and Tim Hardaway will get the Knicks, however keep to listen to Jerry Reynolds must say names like Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Willy Hernangomez, and Frank Ntilikina! Let’s speak Kings basketball!
When: November 11th; 5 pm PST
The place: Madison Sq. Backyard, New York Metropolis, NY

For Your Consideration

Know Your Knicks:
After one other disappointing season of New York Knicks basketball and the following unloading of malcontent celebrity Carmelo Anthony within the low season to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder, the Knicks have dedicated themselves to a tradition change, totally different than the final 6 tradition adjustments in NYC, and early within the season their appears to be some dividends to the funding. Kristaps Porzingis, who was inexplicably being shopped after a hyper-promising sophomore season, is now headed straight to superstardom. The aforementioned Zen Grasp was despatched packing again to his cabin in Montana to follow tweeting with rings on each finger of his hand and summer time fling Kings VP of Basketball Operations was introduced in by New York to switch him. The Knicks are above .500 and taking part in comparatively good basketball; pray inform, how have they achieved such a job?
The Knicks have determined to be a bit old fashioned of their method to the sport: they’re 23rd within the league in tempo, take the ninth most two level pictures within the league and are fifth within the league at two level proportion at 53.four%, whereas taking pictures the third least three pointers within the league. That is the place it will get a bit odd although, in that, the Knicks don’t actually have a ground basic commanding the tempo of the sport. No Knick averages greater than 5.four assists per recreation; Jarrett Jack has that in 25 minutes a recreation. Subsequent up is rookie level guard Frank Ntilikina with 5 assists a recreation in 20 minutes a recreation, adopted by Ron Baker with three.7 in 19 minutes a recreation and at last Ramon Classes with three.5 in 21.three minutes a recreation. This can be a level guard by committee if I ever noticed one. This season, Coach Jeff Hornacek helms a workforce that's deliberate of their offense, and conservative on the defensive finish. The Knicks are 17th within the league in blocks, 27th within the league in steals, but additionally preserve their fingers to themselves with a mean of 21.5 fouls a recreation, ninth greatest within the NBA. They’re second to final within the league in forcing opponent turnovers as nicely; groups flip the rock over on the Knicks at a mean of 14 occasions a recreation.
The engine, wheels, steering column, wi-fi bluetooth connectivity and warming cupholders on the Knicksmobile this 12 months is their 7’three energy ahead Kristaps Porzingis. In ten video games this 12 months, he’s averaging 30 factors (yeah... THIRTY), 7.5 rebounds and a couple of.5 blocks on 51.2% fg, 38% three level fg and 83.6% free throw taking pictures. With out Kristaps, this workforce is likely to be within the prime three worst groups in your entire NBA and as I write this, the Basketball Gods themselves are writing in Tim Hardaway for having a 40 level evening to punish me for that slight to him in my intro. (For reference, Hardaway isn’t having a foul season for himself on averages of 17 factors, four rebounds, 2.5 assists.) The Knicks go as The Unicorn goes, and limiting his effectiveness needs to be Plan A, B by Z for the Kings.
Prediction: Tonight is the evening Skal-La-beast-i-erre breaks free from Dave Joerger’s canine home. In a battle of Stretch Armstrong toys come to life, the Battle within the Massive Apple will come all the way down to Skal’s swooping publish strikes, countered with Zinger’s Dirk-like fade aways. When the 2 Legends of Size aren’t duking it out, De’Aaron Fox is zipping by Frank Ntilikina in his quest to show Spring 2017 W. Griffith fully and irreparably flawed on who he thought the perfect level guards within the draft have been going to be.
Kings 103, Knicks 98

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