Knicks need to build on Mavs victory and get a win streak going against the HornetsOn November 19, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
The Knicks come into Saturday night off a win. Previously, that meant they were due to get blown out The trend had underscored the Knicks’ inconsistency, which is the negative trait team president Steve Mills harped on during his impromptu press conference about a week ago Advertisement So it was encouraging that Marcus Morris, fresh off nailing a game-winning 3-pointer in an emotional victory over the Mavericks on Thursday, was already thinking about the next game against the Hornets “We’re just trying to right this ship. We’re not going to really celebrate this one,” he said “We need to get ready for Saturday and keep it going.” Frank Ntilikina agreed that the win over Dallas — which bumped the Knicks up to 3-9 — was only as good as its carryover “Definitely. That’s the next level for our team — building on a win and building on the way we played,” he said “I think we played great basketball. The ball moved well. Defensively we were here Putting a lot of pressure. We were just playing good basketball. We’ve got to think about how we played tonight and just bring it and not take a step back on the next game ” The Knicks are soon entering schedule hell. Saturday is a winnable game against the Hornets, who lost Kemba Walker in the offseason and swapped him with Terry Rozier New York has another winnable home matchup against the Cavs on Monday. Then it gets ugly with 11 consecutive games against teams in the playoffs last season: at Sixers, vs Spurs, vs. Nets, at Raptors, vs. Sixers, vs. Celtics, at Bucks, vs. Nuggets, vs. Pacers, at Blazers and at Warriors Fizdale may have a tough time surviving that stretch. But the coach was optimistic that the victory over Dallas was an indication the players were overcoming jitters about playing at home Before Saturday night, the Knicks had lost by at least 21 points in three of their five games at the Garden “The biggest thing I think (the win over Dallas) is probably a big step forward in us getting over the hump of playing tight in the Garden,” Fizdale said “I really, really believe that the guys wanted to do so well for our fan base that when they saw it going the other way they just got tight That’s what makes the Garden the Garden. It’s the stage. I’m hoping that tonight was a big step forward in them being able to start making this homecourt, being able to relax and play through all of it ” New York’s previous win at Dallas on Thursday was immediately followed by losses of 21 points and 18 points to the Cavaliers and Bulls, respectively When the Knicks beat the Bulls on Oct. 28, they lost two nights later to the Magic by 12 But Morris didn’t want to think about those disappointments. “I’m just trying to go forward brother,” he said “I’m not thinking about that. That’s the NBA. Some days you’re going to have some drop-offs I’m just trying to go forward.” That’s all the Knicks can do at this point.