January 19, 2018
By Nick Reyes
New York Knicks & Utah Jazz Try To Stay Playoff Relevant
Staying on the fringes of the playoff picture is becoming harder for both the New York Knicks and the Utah Jazz. The Knicks on the midst of a 7 game road trip, head out tonight to the West Coast to battle rookie sensation Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz.
As a Knicks fan, I’m still trying to overcome Wednesday’s horrifying defeat when they lost to a depleted Memphis Grizzlies team. This Knicks team is talented but still can’t find a way to win on the road. Porous defense has been a major obstacle for the Knicks in turning things around. It’s crazy that the Knicks have only held just two opponents under 100 points over their last 14 games. They rank 20th among NBA teams with a 108.2 defensive rating in January. A big thing with that is, they are allowing too many offensive rebounds to turn into points lately. Somehow someway, Jeff Hornacek is going to have to teach this current team the 90s way of boxing out or we as fans can start looking at the lottery. Also I hope to start seeing PG Trey Burke who was recently signed off the G League, getting more action against his former team tonight. Doesn’t make sense to sign him and not play him. Current Knicks PG Jarret Jack, who is 34 years old, is not part of the future so the Knicks need to start phasing him out. Obviously the Knicks haven’t been winning so with 37 games to play, it’s time to give the reigns to the future of this team. Either start Frank Ntilikina or Trey Burke, give Jack some minutes off the bench, but enough is enough with the journeyman player.
New York Knicks Vs Utah Jazz On ESPN
When the two teams face off on ESPN in Utah tonight, both will be searching to build some critical momentum to reverse recent struggles. New York has dropped 11 of its last 14 games. Utah has lost 15 of its last 20 contests.
The Knicks earned a 106-101 victory over the Jazz on Nov. 15. Rodney Hood scored 30 points to lead Utah, but New York pulled away behind 26 points from Tim Hardaway, Jr. after limiting the Jazz to 19 fourth-quarter points.
Playing in the NYK – UTA – www.statementgames.com tournament tonight? Here’s what I’ll be keying in on.
- Frank Ntilikina OVER 4.5 Assists
- Donovan Mitchell OVER 20.5 PTS