Enes Kanter and Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Knicks offense as they dropped their second preseason game to the Wizards, 104-100. >>Read More
Kanter went 6-for-11 from the field and 4-for-5 from the charity stripe on his way to 16 points. Hardaway added 15 points on 5-for-11 shooting and a perfect 3-for-3 from the free throw line.
Courtney Lee notched 12 points points going 4-for-6 from beyond the arc while Jarrett Jack, Doug McDermott, and Ramon Sessions each tallied nine points.
Michael Beasley had a good game defensively with two blocks and two steals to go along with seven points.
John Wall led the Wizards with 19 points while Bradley Beal and Kelly Oubre Jr. had 13 and 14 points respectively.
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The Knicks looked good for the first two and a half quarters. After that, they looked fatigued and were sloppy with the basketball. Their defense struggled against the run and gun Wizards offense, and they clearly ran out of gas in the fourth quarter, which was a big reason for some of the sloppy play. They struggled rotating on defense, which is expected this early on in preseason. They still got just under two weeks until the opener.
Enes Kanter is incredibly strong. The guy can score at will when he has good position in the post. There's a good reason Kristaps Porzingis, who sat tonight, will play mostly power forward. Kanter can put up points in bunches against big men. I think there is a shot he can put up 20 PPG if he plays 30 minutes every night. The downside is his defense. He is slow and against a fast team like the Wizards, there were moments he didn't get up and down the floor as fast as the Knicks would hope.
Michael Beasley will have plenty of streaky moments. When he's on, he can score in bunches. When he's off like tonight, he can spiral downhill. Once he was missing, his form also looked off when shooting from downtown. He has times when he goes right and then shoots with his left, where it is smooth and effective. The knock on him is also his defense will leave much to be desired.
The Knicks point guards can draw fouls. Jarrett Jack is aggressive and knows how to get to the free throw line. Jack was 9 for 10 from the stripe. Ramon Sessions was 3 for 3. Sessions has terrific vision and was impressive across the board. His +/- differential was also +14 tonight, which led both teams. It's a coin toss on who Hornacek will start at PG, but expect Jack to make this roster and see minutes along with Sessions. Jack's contract is not guaranteed.
The Knicks will seek revenge against the Nets on Sunday in Brooklyn. Frank Ntilikina will likely be sitting so he can play Monday against the Rockets. We should see Porzingis play as well, who was getting rest tonight. The Knicks will look to get in the winning column for the first time.
The Knicks will travel to Brooklyn to face the Nets on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.