David Fizdale can make all start-line moves he wants, but he could not erase Trail Blazer's powerhouseback by Damian Lillard…
David Fizdale can make all start-line moves he wants, but he could not erase Trail Blazer’s powerhouseback by Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.
Fizdale trampled out his sixth second start line Tuesday after making his fourth major shake-up, and Knicks took Portland to the last 10 seconds. But Lillard (29) and McCollum (31) were combined for 60 points, Noah Vonleh blew two clutch-free throws and Portland handed over Knicks’s sixth straight loss, 118-114, in the garden.
The Knicks, who plays in Boston on Wednesday fell to 4-14. But they are not in danger at any time when they match their worst start. In Derek Fisher’s first season (2014-15) the club started 4-20.
In nine of Knick’s 1
4 losses, they have either been tied or forward in the fourth quarter. Blazer’s sounding scoop actually came to a Lillard miss, as Evan Turner was there alone for the light backslash by nine seconds left, giving Portland a fireside leader.
Trey Burke, who finished 19 points, shouted his mates on the last road for their inability to shut down games, believing they feel lucky to be close.
“It is not the last holding that is the deciding factor,” Burke said after a 10-point third-quarter lead was evaporated. “It was the last five minutes we’ve talked about. We have to figure out a way to get a big stop, consecutive stop.
Tim Hardaway Jr. made 32 points in Knick’s loss. Charles Wenzelberg
“We play teams down the line and come up with short-term history throughout the year. We need to own it. We are in the storm right now and there is beauty in the storm and need to find a way to get it out. “
Fizdale wanted a more veteran group against Blazers (12-5) than his latest three-rookie adjustment, and it included Vonleh in power forward for fighting lottery picking Kevin Knox, as a further regressed with a two-point, 1 -of-3 shooting night.
By starting three rookies earlier, Fizdale suddenly seemed sensitive to an opinion he no longer cares for winning and their refueling was in full mode before Thanksgiving.
“Every game we playing to win, “says Fizdale before the match.” It’s never once we go to court to not win the game. These guys put their heart and soul in this. I and the staff put our heart and soul into winning each game. & # 39; & # 39;
Vonleh presented a powerful game – 14 points and 14 rebounds – but did not close. At 1:03, Vonleh drove to the band and got a trip and sent him to the line. But he failed to avenge his former team, knock two free throws with Knick’s down two – and missed two others in the fourth. Lillard replied with a 20-footer, almost icing it at 116-112.
“I just have to take more time,” said Vonleh. “I rushed them. I have to meet the free throws.”
The Blazers still needed the only giant back to knock Knicks out completely. Lillard missed a turn, but Turner was free in the bucket. Vonleh said he boxed out Jusuf Nurkic, but Burke had come over to help at Lillard.
Together with Vonleh, Fizdale Enes Edge restored to the starting line of rookie Mitchell Robinson. Edges made an unusually quiet line (seven points, five rebounds, six assists) as well as Mario Hezonja, who made his first Knick start for rookie Allonzo Trier. Hezonja had an invisible game, score only two points (1-of-5).
Tim Hardaway Jr. Knicks led 32 points in another losing mission. Emmanuel Mudiay scored 14 points, came to the basket of layups and knocked down two 3-pointers.
The game saw a 21-point swing in a 12-minute tension in the second half. Mudiay’s 3 pointer with 7:15 left in third place Knicks up 10 points. Blazers went up 104-93 early in the fourth quarter, which made Knicks 39-18.
Knicksna had allowed 128 points or more in four of their previous five excursions, so 118 abandoned to Lillard / McCollum Blazers on 48 percent shooting qualifying as an improvement. Fizdale overall was pleased.
“I was just trying to find someone who could come across the screens and meet these guys – they are elite,” said Fizdale. “We had a lot of improvement. I thought defensively, we took one step forward, they are one of the best two or three backcourses in NBA. They make it too many people. We did not have many system failures.”