To say that the New York Knicks have gotten off to a slow start offensively would be an understatement.
In a 95-89 loss to the Cavaliers on Wednesday, the Knicks shot 34.8% from the field and 16.7% from three. Jalen Brunson scored 24 points but shot 8-of-23. Julius Randle finished with a season-low six points on 3-of-15 shooting from the floor, including 0-of-6 shooting from deep. The forward typically excels at the rim, but he’s shooting 30% in the paint.
As a team, New York is shooting 40% from the field, one of the league’s worst percentages. If that isn’t bad enough, the team is shooting 69.3% from the free throw line, another statistic that puts them at the bottom of the NBA.
The Knicks have spacing issues, and that matter was made even worse on Wednesday with the absence of RJ Barrett, who, surprisingly, has been one of the team’s best and most consistent players.
After the loss to Cleveland, Randle said the team has to “figure out a way to open it up a little bit.” Big changes aren’t coming to happen overnight, but hopefully, New York will figure something out before clashing with Milwaukee on Friday.
In other news, the team’s 2023-24 City Edition jersey, designed by Kith, was released on Thursday.
The uniform is “primarily influenced by the late 1990s and early 2000s.” The double overlapped ‘New York’ is an ode to Frank Sinatra’s song “New York, New York.” The team will wear the jerseys for the first time on Nov. 8 when they host the Spurs.
More Knicks news
- One of Donovan Mitchell’s old Jazz teammates believes the guard will one day play in New York.
- James Harden is targeting Monday for his Clippers debut when LA will take on New York at MSG.
- During Tuesday’s halftime of the Knicks’ game against the Cavaliers on TNT, Charles Barkley called for New York to trade for Karl-Anthony Towns.
- To look at the City Edition uniforms for each team, click here.
- The Celtics scored 155 points against the Pacers on Wednesday, the second-most in franchise history. Indiana lost by a whopping 51 points, 155-104.
- Six-time NBA All-Star Walter Davis passed away at the age of 69. The Suns drafted him with the No. 5 overall pick in 1977. Davis also won a gold medal at the 1976 Olympics.