4 Reasons Why Charlotte 109 Knicks 88 on Jan 11, 2021

Charlotte beat the Knicks fairly and squarely — putting a kabosh on Knick fan enthusiasm. Charlotte raced out to an early lead, the Knicks got back into the game, but Charlotte pulled away in the 2nd half. Here’s why:

1. Knick Guards Couldn’t Shoot Straight

The reason for the loss is all in the boxscore: RJ Barrett 5-18 (0-5 from 3) for 11 pts in 35 minutes. He had 9 rebounds and 5 assists for a good overall game — but you’ve got to hit your shot. And he didn’t. Nor did Immanuel Quickley off the bench — 1-10 from the floor (0-6 from 3) for 3 points in 29 minutes.

2. Haywood Looked Worth His Big Contract

Charlotte jumped out to an early big lead in the 1st quarter, due to the fantastic shooting and overall offensive play of Gordon Haywood who looked every bit worth his recently signed massive contract. Haywood finished 11-17 (2-2 from 3, 10-10 in free throws) for 34 points and a +25.

On the other end, Julius Randle had a poor shooting night — 2-9 shooting (0-2 from 3) for 11 points and a -20. He got into foul trouble and only had 5 rebounds (5 assists, 4 turnovers) in 30 minutes. A rare poor performance for Randle.

3. Charlotte Hit Their Shots

Charlotte did not take a lot of 3’s — but hit what they took — they finished 13-22 from 3. The Knicks were 9-37 from 3.

Miles Bridges, whom the Knicks passed on to pick Kevin Knox, was 5-8 (2-2 from 3) for 13 pts and a +11 in 25 minutes off the bench.

Lamelo Ball played 30 minutes off the bench and was 3-13 (2-6 from 3) for 8 pts, 14 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 steals.

4. The Good News

The good news was the play of Kevin Knox — 7-17 as first man off the bench (5-12 from 3) for 19 pts, and 5 rebounds in 29 minutes.

Elfrid Payton also played well — constant penetrations — he lives in the paint, where he keeps his dribble alive — he was 7-14 (1-3 from 3) for 11 pts, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals.

Mitchell Robinson played well — again staying out of foul trouble. He played 33 minutes with only 1 fould, 11 rebounds and 5-5 shooting for 12 points.

Nerlens Noel also played well off the bench — 15 minutes, 5 rebounds and 2-2 shooting for 4 pts, 2 blocks. A recent rumor that he was unhappy with his role and asked the coach to trade him has proven untrue as Noel smashed down the rumor on Twitter.

The Boxscore





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