Knicks' road troubles continue with 116-104 loss to dismal Hawks

Paola Ditto
Novembre 25, 2017

The Knicks raised more than a few eyebrows when they offered a four-year, $71 million deal to Tim Hardaway Jr last summer, but they were anxious that Atlanta would match it. He's averaged only 20.2 points in his last five games and shooting 35.1 percent, well off his season mark of 46.7 percent.

Hawks point guard Dennis Schroder shredded the Knicks with 26 points as Atlanta moved to 4-15. He finished with 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting.

The Hawks, last in the Eastern Conference with a 4-15 record, won just their second home game by outhustling NY with a 24-5 advantage in second-chance points.

Hardaway is now averaging 18.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.2 steals, and 2.5 three-point field goals made per game. Then Cavanaugh, out of George Washington, drilled a 3-pointer two possessions later to put Atlanta up 98-89.

Hardaway was a part-time starter in his two seasons with Atlanta, who acquired him from NY in a deal before the 2015/16 season. Belinelli scored a career-high 32 points against NY playing for San Antonio in the 2013/14 season and has averaged 12.0 points while connecting on 48.5 percent of his shots from deep (33 for 68) in 20 career matchups. The 12 rebounds tied a season-high, and he has blocked at least two shots in 11 of his last 13 games.

The Knicks have become two-point favorites after the game opened as a pick 'em.

Knicks: The Knicks have now won six games this season in which they've trailed by double digits.

NY are also 14-5 against the spread in their last 19 matchups with Southeast Division teams and 7-3 in their last 10 following a straight up victory. He also had 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 1 three with 1 turnover in 26 minutes.

The over has dropped three points to 208 and feels like a strong play here given Atlanta's shortcomings defensively.

Hardaway did that, and the new Knicks' regime brought him back to be one of the cornerstones for the future.

It's still early, but Hardaway has committed to the scheme and is looking the part of a solid team defender, which is far better than he was expected to be.

That formula has served NY well, but so has an improved defense.

Naturally, the Knicks turned to Porzingis, who got hit with a technical foul in the fourth for arguing a call.

Former Knicks president Phil Jackson traded Hardaway in 2015 to the Hawks, who sent him to the D-League, made him work on his conditioning and demanded that he be committed to defense. Atlanta are just 1-6 at Philips Arena this season, with the lone victory their 46-point drubbing of an equally inept Sacramento squad.

But the Knicks are turning heads and proving people wrong along the way. Tip-off time is 7 pm EST.

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