First-round pick Kevin Knox has all the ability in the world to be a great player down the line. Unfortunately, he's had a rocky rookie season. Undrafted free agent Allonzo Trier has also been a pleasant find, but he has struggled for consistency in his play lately. The one shining gem that has stood out is the second-round pick, Mitchell Robinson.
The losses at home may be flowing like the Hudson River, but the Knicks still have moments and performances that leave hope for the future. One of the shining moments for New York last night was the emphatic dunk by Smith Jr. in the first quarter.
The key to the win was a strong first quarter and strong fourth quarter performance. New York jumped out to an early 14-0 lead to set the tone in the first quarter.