Knicks vs. Bucks: Postgame Grades and Analysis

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Oct 28, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Knicks guard Jerian Grant (13) dives for the loose ball during the fourth quarter against the New York Knicks at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports


Overall Grade: A+

Average +/-: +17.2

Collective Stat Line: 73 points, 27 rebounds, 14 assists, 5 steals, 3 blocks, 27/50 FG, 5/10 3PT, 14/16 FT

The New York Knicks’ second unit was impacted greatly by two key absences. Arron Afflalo’s hamstring sent backup shooting guard Sasha Vujacic into the starting lineup, and big man Kevin Seraphin‘s knee kept him sidelined.

With two key members of the second unit either out or playing in a different capacity, the reserves didn’t miss a beat.

Jerian Grant stealing an errant inbound pass and Kyle O’Quinn doing virtually everything summarizes why this group is causing excitement. The second unit is flush with chippy, committed and versatile players.

Against Milwaukee, that was on full display.

In the backcourt, Langston Galloway scored 16 points and sank four 3-point field goals, and Grant tallied 10 points, five assists and three steals in his NBA debut. Lance Thomas added 13 points on 5-of-5 shooting, and O’Quinn put up eight points, 11 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal.

Overall, the Knicks’ second unit scored 73 points—more than both starting lineups.

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