When the New York Knicks open the season a week from today, they will hope for a different result than they got tonight. The Knicks lost to the Milwaukee Bucks 105-95 on Wednesday night. The Knicks will get a chance to exact revenge when the two teams open the season at Madison Square Garden next Wednesday. Their preseason record is now 2-4.
It was a rough night for the Knicks in Green Bay. There were many members of the Green Bay Packers in attendance, including quarterback Aaron Rodgers. In the first half the Knicks played the kind of defense Rodgers loves to see from opposing teams on Sundays. The Knicks allowed 56 points in the first half. The Bucks came into the game averaging 87 points per game, but ended up scoring 105 against the Knicks. The Knicks fell behind by as much as 18 points in the third, before rallying to come within 2 points. The Bucks then finished the game on an 18-8 run.
Iman Shumpert (sore elbow) and Pablo Prigioni (illness) started for the Knicks after sitting out the previous game against the Toronto Raptors. Raymond Felton (hamstring) sat out a second consecutive game.
The Knicks starters played extended minutes for the first time this preseason. Unfortunately, the result wasn’t positive. In addition to their porous defense, the Knicks only shot 39.8% from the field. They were 10-32 on threes. Carmelo Anthony scored a team high 22 points in 36 minutes, but it took him 23 shots to get there.
Cole Aldrich received his longest stint in the preseason, playing 14 minutes. He was 0-3, but had 8 rebounds an assist, and a steal. The former 11th overall pick had a decent night, but it is still unlikely Aldrich will make the Knicks opening day roster.
With only a game left before the regular season begins, the Knicks defensive woes are becoming a concern. The starting lineup featuring Anthony, Bargnani, and Chandler has had trouble defending in the first quarter. They allowed 32 points in the first quarter against the Bucks. Bargnani’s rebounding issues continued. He had 1 rebound in 25 minutes. The Knicks need to work on solidifying their first quarter defense.
The Knicks will head home for practice on Thursday. Coach Mike Woodson said the first cuts would probably come after Thursday’s practice. Then the Knicks will take on the Charlotte Bobcats, Friday at 7:30 (ET), in their first home game of the preseason. Last year’s sixth man, J.R. Smith, is expected to see his first action of the season in Friday’s game.