MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Take into account their recreation Friday a pointy reminder and a sequence of back-to-reality moments for the Knicks.
They could be improved. They could be significantly higher than the 37-win outfit from final season. However they aren’t in the identical stratosphere because the title-contending Bucks.
Even with out key gamers Joe Ingles, Khris Middleton and Pat Connaughton, Milwaukee, led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, toyed with the Knicks for 2 quarters after which ran them off the courtroom within the third.
Antetokounmpo bought Mitchell Robinson in foul bother and dominated the opposite Knicks. Jrue Vacation placed on a third-quarter present. The Knicks’ large three of Jalen Brunson, Jalen Brunson and Julius Randle couldn’t throw the ball within the ocean when it mattered. The outcome was a one-sided 119-108 loss at FiserV Discussion board that uncovered most of the Knicks’ weaknesses.
The Knicks have been solely down by six factors halfway by way of the third quarter, when the Bucks lastly put the hammer down. Within the span of two:34, Milwaukee unleashed a livid 18-0 run that included three 3-pointers and eight factors from Antetokounmpo. The Knicks (3-2) trailed by 11 after three, and so they by no means bought nearer than 9 over the ultimate 12 minutes in falling to 0-2 on the highway.
Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks in the course of the Bucks’ win over the Knicks.NBAE through Getty Photos
Not like throughout their first highway recreation, an time beyond regulation loss to the Grizzlies, the Knicks have been considerably outplayed this time. They have been soundly overwhelmed on the glass, 60-54, and their stars have been largely no-shows.
Antetokounmpo had extra assists (eight) than Brunson, Randle and Barrett had mixed (5), and the Bucks famous person scored extra factors (30) than Randle and Brunson (27) had mixed. Probably the most memorable second from the Knicks’ trio was Brunson’s half-court shot on the first-half horn — and it didn’t even depend. The Knicks’ offense, so environment friendly and free-flowing within the first 4 video games, was locked down by Milwaukee’s stellar protection.
Antetokounmpo, the two-time MVP, had 30 factors, 14 rebounds and 9 assists and former Knick Bobby Portis added 12 factors and 12 rebounds for the Bucks.
Jalen Brunson dribbles in the course of the Knicks’ loss to the Bucks. NBAE through Getty Photos
Barrett led the Knicks with 20 factors, however his 3-point capturing woes continued in a 1-for-7 evening that dropped him to 4-for-28 from distance this season. Brunson was held to season-lows in factors (13) and assists (two) and Randle dedicated as many turnovers (three) as made area targets (three) in 31 minutes of little influence.
Contemplating Brunson, Randle and Barrett have been a mixed 5-for-18 from the sector with simply three assists, the Knicks weren’t in a foul spot trailing by six at halftime.
Twice, they have been down by as many as eight factors — on the recreation’s outset and late within the first half, after a failed 4-on-1 fastbreak ignited a Bucks mini-run of 9-3. The Knicks initially have been headed to the locker room solely down three, however Brunson’s heave from past half-court was dominated to have come after the horn.
Julius Randle shoots a free throw. NBAE through Getty Photos
Predictably, coach Tom Thibodeau’s Knicks had no reply for Antetokounmpo. He had 18 factors, six rebounds and 4 assists within the first half, getting any shot he needed whereas creating open 3-point appears for his teammates.
The Knicks used Robinson rather a lot on Antetokounmpo, however he picked up his third foul with 10:37 remaining within the opening half and sat till the break. Portis was virtually as a lot of a headache, crushing the Knicks on the glass and producing 12 factors off the bench.
The second half began like the primary, with Antetokounmpo and the Bucks controlling play. After Vacation hit back-to-back 3-pointers, the Bucks’ lead was a game-high 11 with simply over eight minutes left within the third. Two minutes later, Vacation helped push the result in 15, following his strip of Hartenstein by organising Grayson Allen in transition for a dunk.
It solely bought worse, with Milwaukee piling it on earlier than Barrett ended the 18-0 run with a floater within the lane with simply over 4 minutes left within the third.