The Knicks' record fell to 17-41 with the team's 107-101 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night.
And while starters like RJ Barrett and Julius Randle struggled to get into any kind of rhythm, the Knicks received a strong contribution from their bench.
In particular, Allonzo Trier, who has struggled to even see time on the floor this season, played a key role.
In 16 minutes of the bench, Trier scored 15 points on a very efficient 6-of-8 shooting night. He played 16 minutes (the most he's recorded since December 23rd when he played 19 minutes against the Wizards), and was a key piece of the Knicks' fourth-quarter comeback effort that ultimately came up short.
After the game, Trier told reporters in the locker room that despite his inconsistent playing time this season, he's done everything he can to help his team.
"Just continuing to work on my craft every single day, not just the All-Star break," Trier said after the game. "It's been every single day this season. Just being a consummate professional, supporting my guys. If my number's called, I've got to come in and try to be productive, but if it's not, I've got to be supportive of my teammates, try to help in different ways, tell them what I'm seeing, doing those kind of things."
For the Knicks on Wednesday, starters Barrett and Randle played poorly, as Barrett scored just five points on 2-of-11 shooting, and Randle, despite scoring 18 points, shot just 7-of-14 from the floor and was a -15 on the night.
"We dug ourselves a hole coming out into the second half," said Trier. "Any time you do that, it always makes it a hill to climb. You may be able to get back into the game, but it's always harder to get over the hump."
Trier took advantage of his playing time, and after also playing six minutes on Monday against Houston following 13 straight DNP-coaches decisions, perhaps more time in the team's rotation could be in his future.