Kemba & Fournier Not Enough. Depleted Knicks Fall to Boston 114-107

Kemba Walker electrified the Knicks in the 3rd quarter to help NY erase a 16-point halftime deficit and take a lead entering the 4th quarter. But Boston’s Josh Richardson came off Boston’s bench to crush the Knicks with 3’s in the final quarter — ruining Kemba’s Boston return and sending the Knicks to the 114-107 loss on a Saturday night.

The Knicks have now lost 5 of their last 6 and are a disappointing 13-17.

1. Kemba Gets to Play with Knicks Depleted

The Knicks came into this game without RJ Barrett, Derrick Rose, Immanuel Quickley, Obi Toppin, Kevin Knox, Quentin Grimes, and Miles McBride — all due to COVID protocols.

So coach Tom Thibodeau was forced to pull Kemba Walker off the deep DNP bench — and started him at the point.

NY fell behind by 20 in the 1st half and were down 16 at the half. But in the 3rd quarter, Kemba Walker caught fire — raining 3’s, and driving to the basket for buckets or passing out for jumpers by Evan Fournier.

Kemba finished with 29 points on 8-20 shooting (5-11 from 3) and a +5.

2. Fournier Played Well

Evan Fournier was everything the Knicks thought they acquired in the summer. He poured in 32 points on 13-24 shooting (4-10 from 3) and was engaged defensively.

“He played really well; really well,” said coach Tom Thibodeau of Fournier afterwards.

3. Richardson Too Much

New York’s night was ruined by Josh Richardson in the 4th. Richardson came to Boston from Dallas; the Celtics are his 4th team in 4 years. The athletic 6’5 guard shot lights out — 27 points on 9-14 shooting (5-7 from 3). The Knicks had kept Jason Tatum in check most of the evening — guarded by Alec Burks some of that time. Tatum finished with 25 points but was 3-13 from 3.

Jaylen Brown had 23 points on 8-21 shooting.

For the Knicks, Julius Randle had a good game despite the 3 not going down for him (1-7 from 3) — he had 20 pts, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists.

Mitchell Robinson (8 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block in 22 minutes) and Nerlens Noel (8 rebounds, 2 steals, 3 blocks in 25 minutes) combined for 16 rebounds, 4 steals, and 4 blocks. Taj Gibson played 22 minutes and had a block and a steal and seemed to be playing pretty well out there, but had 0 pts, 0 rebounds.


Wayne Seldon was the first man off the Knicks bench (and got 9 minutes).

The Boxscore

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