Just Another Loss: March 4, 2019: Sacramento 115 NY 108

A solid loss. But just another loss. Knicks played well in this one throughout, and never trailed by much — versus the previous game where they were down by almost 40 early in the 2nd quarter. This was the Allonzo Trier game — as Trier excelled and Knicks fans on Twitter were abuzz about him again after the game.

A Buzz About Trier

I say again, because Knicks fans on Twitter were abuzz about him early in the year, then came a mini slump in February as he seemed to be purposely trying to pass first and not being as aggressive — and now he has come thru that plateau as we’ve written about previously — and is knifing thru defenses… again.

Trier had 29 pts on 8-16 shooting (3-4 from 3), 8 rebounds, and 2 steals. No assists .. but hey he’s the shooting guard.

Before the game, Trier had this to say on Twitter:

The D’Aaron Fox vs Dennis Smith Jr Matchup

Dennis Smith Jr played well (8-17, 18 pts) in his matchup with D’Aaron Fox, who had 16 pts on 5-12.

And that’s pretty much all there is to write about concerning this game. Mitchell Robinson had an off night due to foul trouble — 4 pts (2 of 2) and 7 rebounds, 2 blocks in 19 minutes. Noah Vonleh (4-8 for 9 pts, 13 rebounds) played well; Damyean Dotson (11 pts on 4-10), played OK, and even Kevin Knox — who did not play in the 4th but finished with 4-6 (1-1 from 3, 2-2 free throws) for 11 pts in 21 minutes — had his first good shooting game in a long time.

Knox Tired

Knox has been playing as much as 38 minutes a night seems like all season, and he may be gassed which may be contributing to his recent poor play. As a rookie he’s never played past a 20-something-game college or high school schedule and now here he is in the NBA with over 30 min a night and it’s game 64.

For Sacramento

For Sacramento, Buddy Hield stole the spotlight shooting 9-18 (3-8 from 3) for 28 pts. Harrison Barnes added 22 and Harry Giles 17. Willie Cauley-Stein had 9 pts, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and excellent Defense. In his first season he looked like a lottery bust but has come into his own and is a very nice interior player.

The boxscore:

http://www.espn.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=401071630

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