Knicks vs Hawks: Postgame Grades and Analysis

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Oct 29, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward

Derrick Williams

(23) drives to the basket defende by Atlanta Hawks guard

Kent Bazemore

(24), Al Horford (15) and

Mike Scott

(32) during the second half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden. The Hawks defeated the Knicks 112-101. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports


Overall Grade: B

Average +/-: +2.8

Cumulative Stat Line: 40 PTS, 26 REB, 14 AST, 3 STL, 1 BLK, 14/32 FG, 4/10 3PT, 8/10 FT

Once again, Kyle O’Quinn was a delight. He needs to go up stronger against smaller defenders, but he played just 22 minutes and still managed to record a double-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and a strong defensive showing.

O’Quinn has tallied double-digit rebounds in each of the Knicks’ first two games.

Unfortunately for New York, the second unit’s solid play failed to lead it to victory. That’s no slight on the bench mob, but it’s a different story after Derrick Williams’ 24 points led New York past the Atlanta Hawks on October 28.

Langston Galloway, Jerian Grant and O’Quinn all played well, but New York losing the game was a blemish.

Fortunately, the second unit managed to look strong again. Four reserves had a positive +/-, including Galloway, who tallied eight points and two 3-point field goals in 22 minutes.

If the starting lineup can find its rhythm, New York would have a much easier time achieving its seemingly realistic dream of having the best bench in the NBA.

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