Through the season’s first month, the New York Knicks have only “feasted” on four wins. A look at these infrequently positive moments.
Thanksgiving Day is here, and the New York Knicks get the day off from a disparaging 18 games. With a 4-14 record, the losses have piled up since opening night on Oct. 23, finding few positive results, or “feasts” in between.
Monday, Oct. 28 vs. Bulls
Of the many games, the Knicks have fallen behind in, they overcome a double-digit point differential to defeat the Chicago Bulls at home, 105-98. It was the “Bobby Portis Revenge Game,” as the ex-Bull went off from the bench for 28 points and 11 rebounds. Unfortunately for the Knicks, Portis’ good games have come infrequently.
Friday, Nov. 8 vs. Mavericks
New York traveled to Dallas for a first look at Kristaps Porzingis in a Mavericks uniform, resulting in a 106-102 win. Behind Marcus Morris’ 29 points and Frank Ntilikina’s impressive line, the Knicks outshined Luka Doncic’s triple-double.
Thursday, Nov. 14 vs. Mavericks
Six days later, the Knicks went on national television to defeat Porzingis’ Mavs for the second and final time this season, 106-103. Once again, it was overcoming Doncic’s triple-double, something over teams have tried to combat, as well.
Amazingly, half of the Knicks’ wins have happened against Dallas. They found success in another “revenge” game, but getting up to play just needs to happen in the basic, typical matchups, that take place in the other 80 games of the season.
Monday, Nov. 18 vs. Cavaliers
Seven days prior, the Knicks were annihilated by the Cleveland Cavaliers at home, leading to an awkward presser from president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry. It highlighted a disastrous night, that seemed like an all-too-early turning point for the 2019-20 season.
However, in the latest night of “revenge,” the Knicks crushed Cleveland at home, 123-105. Behind Julius Randle’s best game of the season, Morris’ 23 points and a steady 11 from Damyean Dotson off the bench, Coach David Fizdale’s team found their way for one night.
It became the team’s final pre-Thanksgiving Day win. Four games have passed since, each of which resulted in a loss. The schedule does not get any easier moving forward, so these “feasts” will become even more difficult to find.