After Kristaps Porzingis made waves by lending voice to feeling more tired due to his larger workload this season, Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek believes he has a way to help his star out a bit: have the team play faster.
Hornacek has been talking about his team playing in transition more seemingly since his introductory press conference, largely to little effect. Last season he was hamstrung by Carmelo Anthony's strengths residing in the half court and this year the Knicks have slowed down without Tim Hardaway Jr.
"I think our first group's done a great job for most of the year," Hornacek said, via Steve Popper of The Record. "It's a little more difficult. Tim lends some offense and speed to our team. Lance does a great job defensively on guys when we can assign him to somebody. But we tend to be a little bit slower which makes everything in the halfcourt. I think the starters have played fine early in the season. We've just got to get them back to playing like that."
Specifically with Porzingis, Hornacek wants to better use the big man's uncanny athletic ability for his size.
"Well, he's got to use his athletic ability, running down the court," Hornacek said. "He got a little slow there for a while. Part of that was they were scoring every time so we couldn't get into some early offense. When we move the ball from side to side, make other teams play a little defense, we do alright."
The Knicks lost to the Wizards 121-103 on Wednesday night and are next in action against the Heat on Friday at 8 p.m.