DETROIT – Knick's spirit was missing in Motown, and they looked like a team that has been on its way…
DETROIT – Knick’s spirit was missing in Motown, and they looked like a team that has been on its way too long this month.
Played his eighth road competition in 11 matches, Knicks saw sluggish and saw their three-game winning lines crushed by the more physical, more veteran pistols, 115-108, Tuesday at the Little Caesar’s Arena.
The night started badly with a long bus ride downtown which had the club arrive 30 minutes late. And it got worse. Tired paws were apparent when Knicks stopped shooting 39 percent.
David Fizdale club finishes nine of 12 matches on the road Wednesday in Philadelphia.
Knicks (7-15) was obsessed with rough shooting trips from their two Michigan alum, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke, combined to shoot 6 of 23-3-of-1
6 in the first half.
Plays an hour from their shared alma mater, Hardaway Jr. and Burke was as bad as Wolverine’s football team was Saturday at Ohio State.
Damyean Dotson scored 17 points off the bench for Knicks. NBAE / Getty Images
Hardaway just shot 5 of 15 with his dad, Tim, watching. Elder Hardaway was fired as a scout of the pistols after Stan Van Gundy was replaced by Dwane Casey’s coach.
Casey said before the game he was “not surprised [the Knicks]” beat Boston, Memphis, New Orleans – how hard they play and how relentless they are on the boards. “
This was not the case on Tuesday. The sleepy Knicks shot 7-of-29 in the first quarter and lost an early 15-9 lead. Before a three-quarters empty arena, Knicks and the pistons were weak at the start of Detroit shooting just 3 out of 11 before they continued to take a 24-19 lead after the opening quarter.
The pistons (11-8) extended their lead to 46-30 halfway through the second quarter after Reggie Jackson’s 3-pointers. Jackson, a freelance in 2020, poured 17 points in the first half as the pistols led 51-43.
Blake Griffin led the pistons by 30 points.
Knick’s two rookie-throwers led through awful nights – maybe because they were not used to road grinding. Center Mitchell Robinson fouled for the second time in three games – this time in 17 minutes. Friday against New Orleans, Robinson spent nine minutes on the court.
Rookie lotteriplock Kevin Knox also continued a puzzling fall, scoring four points and making 1 to 7 shots. He was far from most attempts. Examined rookie Allonzo Trier heated in the bin until the end of 22.
At the same time Damyean Dotson, who played after sitting in four straight matches, scored 17 points on 6-of-8 shots in 24 minutes of the bench. He came in with 35 seconds left in the half, played six seconds and pulled. But Dotson almost came off in the second half and came in for Noah Vonleh at 11:09 left in third. Dotson beat all three of his shot for eight points in the third quarter.
Before the match, Fizdale was careful not to do too much of the trespel’s winning distance and start talking about the playoffs like some of his young veterans.
“You’re just trying not to be seduced by our success,” said Fizdale on the shooter. “I do not want our team to focus as much on the final score as much as we did to get it. I know it’s grainy, but my cliché is carved on the tree. We are not aware when the tree falls.” ; & # 39;
Knicks fell on Tuesday. Hard.