After winning three games in a row, the Knicks’ winning streak was ceased at the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks. Obviously, it is difficult to beat a team as talented as the Bucks, however, many players on the Knicks were very disappointing.
New York is at the start of a very difficult stretch of games on the schedule, so there is honestly a good chance we see the team continue to lose. If the Knicks manage to play some good basketball and win a few of their upcoming games, they could prove people wrong and become a top team in the East.
For now, though, this seems quite unlikely, as the Knicks have really struggled against the two “good” teams they have faced.
3 takeaways from the Knicks’ disappointing loss to the Bucks
3: Giannis may be the best player in the world
With the Bucks moving to 4-0, and Giannis Antetokounmpo looking absolutely unstoppable, it may be time to label him as the best in the world. The conversation was already being held in prior seasons, but with his hot start, combined with poor play from other players in contention, it seems as if there could be a notable gap between Antetokounmpo and the rest of the league.
Against New York, Antetokounmpo racked up 30 points, 14 rebounds, and nine assists while shooting 11-for-22 from the field and 1-for-6 from three. He was truly dominating the Knicks on both sides of the ball. There was no answer for Antetokounmpo.
It is nearly impossible for any team to guard Antetokounmpo, so it was not really surprising to see the Knicks struggle against him.
Regardless, New York’s defense struggled all game and must be better against more competitive teams. Mitchell Robinson being in foul trouble obviously didn’t help, but even on the perimeter, the defense was really lacking.
It is not very fun to watch the Bucks have seven different players score double digits, especially guys like Grayson Allen and Jevon Carter. However, players like that, especially Allen, are bound to have decent games at some point, so I’m not too upset about it.
Heading into the Knicks’ next game, the defense must be better, as they face a stacked Cavaliers squad with plenty of talent on all areas of the court.