Trae Young

The New York Knicks looked like they might win their crucial game against Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks if they played as they did in the first half. RJ Barrett’s three-pointer gave the Knicks a 51-28 lead with 6:59 left in the second quarter, and the boisterous Madison Square Garden audience was clearly enjoying what was by that moment a convincing home team performance.

However, the Hawks went on to score 29 points in the final 14 seconds of the quarter, cutting the Knicks’ lead to eight at the break, 65-57. With back-to-back triples, Dejounte Murray ignited the rally, while Trae Young found his range after a sluggish first quarter. At the halfway point of the first half, the Knicks’ situation only got worse, even as the Hawks (temporarily) lost their talisman Young due to an eye contusion after he was struck in the face by Julius Randle.

In the third quarter, the Hawks eventually jumped out to a double-digit lead and never looked back. In fact, the Knicks’ defeat by a score of 99-112 just serves to accentuate the team’s disgraceful track record over the previous 30 years, which has been rendered even worse by its failure to hold leads in the year 2022.

Trae Young

The Knicks’ 23-point lead today is tied for the team’s third-largest blown lead in a defeat during the previous 30 seasons, according to the amazing @StatsWilliams. The knicks have had 23+ point leads over that time and have lost 5 games. Three of those have arrived in 2022, according to Bontemps.

The Knicks frequently struggled to hold onto leads, especially in February 2022 when they frequently seemed to give away significant leads. Without Damian Lillard, the Knicks lost a 23-point lead to the Portland Trail Blazers on February 12 when they gave up 30 points to a hot Anfernee Simons.

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Four days later, on the 16th, they lost to intrastate rivals Brooklyn Nets 106-111 after blowing a 28-point lead. This was done despite the absence of Nets players Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

They permitted Cam Thomas, who is currently not in the Nets rotation, to go off late in the game. Additionally, the Knicks tonight gave Dejounte Murray free reign to destroy New York on both ends of the court by allowing another guard to blow up.

Tom Thibodeau and the Knicks would have to straighten things up if they wanted to be a postseason contender. Even if it was a wise move, the Knicks’ problems won’t all be solved by the arrival of Jalen Brunson. When they watch their team go up big, Knicks fans will hope that they can have enough faith in their team to pull out the victory.

 

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