In their penultimate preseason game, the New York Knicks got a look at the team they will be facing when things start for real next Wednesday, losing to the Milwaukee Bucks, 105-95, in Green Bay on Wednesday night. This drops the Knicks preseason record to 2-4.
As the Knicks gear up for the start of the regular season, a lot of tweaks will be made and some roster decisions will be finalized.
So, as the Knicks get closer (less than a week away) to the start of the regular season, here are some observations of their preseason exhibition game against the Bucks on Wednesday night.
Carmelo comes close to triple double
While he didn’t have a great day from the field (8-23), Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks in scoring (22 points), rebounds (9) and assists (7). He looks ready to go for the regular season.
Andrea Bargnani is still giving Knicks steady production
Bargnani is doing well in his role as a complimentary player and he once again chipped in with a solid stat line, scoring 13 points (5-9 from the floor). Although, he only hauled in just one rebound. Then again, that was never his forte.
Iman Shumpert was solid yet again
Signaling that this year may be his break-out year, Shumpert continues to shine in the preseason. On the night, Shumpert scored 11 points (on 4-6 shooting with two of them being three pointers) to go along with seven rebounds and three steals.
Metta World Peace had a bad night
Although he brought his trademark toughness, World Peace was probably mailing it in while waiting for the regular season to commence. World Peace had nine points on 3-12 shooting from the field (0-4 from three-point territory) to go with just two rebounds.
Cole Aldrich banged the boards in limited action
Although he only received 14 minutes of playing time, Aldrich did crash the boards, hauling in eight rebounds on the night. Aldrich will probably make the roster, but only see sparse time while spelling Tyson Chandler.
Tim Hardaway Jr. providing great bang for the buck
Hardaway Jr. continues to build on his impressive preseason, providing the Knicks with scoring punch off the bench. In 34 minutes (second on the team), Hardaway Jr. scored 16 points (on 6-13 shooting; 3-9 from three-point range) and also chipped in with three rebounds, two steals while also not recording a turnover. Seems like the Knicks have a keeper in Hardaway Jr.
The Knicks got to keep Toure Murry, right?
While he only played 13 minutes, Murry showed again why he is gifted player, excelling on both ends of the floor. Murry had seven points on 3-5 (1-1 from three-point territory) shooting from the floor. Although the Knicks have three point guards ahead of him (Raymond Felton, Pablo Prigioni and Beno Udrih), Murry’s versatility and play on both ends of the court should help him sew up a spot on the opening night roster.
The combined 2 minutes of playing time for Ike Diogu, C.J. Leslie, Josh Powell, Chris Douglas-Roberts and Chris Smith might signal the end for them
With every preseason roster crunch, some talented players are going to unfortunately be handed their pink slips and these five are prime candidates to be shown the door.
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