Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek speaks before the team takes on the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.
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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek trains against the Houston Rockets during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Photo: Brad Penner, Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
1. Scared Straight
There was little doubt that the third quarter on Wednesday was the best the Knicks have played all season, and maybe in about four years, as they ran a 28-0 streak, the longest streak in the Team history and surpbaded Toronto Raptors, 41-10.
The keys to the performance were the plays of Courtney Lee and Tim Hardaway Jr., but they credited a part-time performance by Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek, while giving a wake-up call to Lee.
"We came here and saw that the cinema and the coach attacked me," Lee said. "I really did not like what was being said, that's what you're supposed to do as a player, you're supposed to answer, and not only did I respond, but everyone on the team was there and we played a great defense in the second half. "
What was said?
"A bit explicit, I do not think I can repeat what he said to the media," Lee said. "But we exchanged words and we went from there, they responded and we got the victory."
"It was his opinion versus my opinion about the effort and the tactics and everything." We corrected him and we went out and competed. effort at the defensive end and then the next man does it, we even had Jarrett Jack, who is 38 years old, moving his feet. "
Jack is 34 years old, so the next war of words could be between Lee and Jack.
2. About that streak
The Knicks ran 28 points in a row, started the quarter with a 30-3 margin, allowing only three free throws to Kyle Lowry, as they turned a half-time deficit of 11 points. The Knicks did not allow a field goal during the first nine minutes and 37 seconds of the second half for the higher scoring Raptors.
"We just challenged the guys at the break," said Hornacek. "I thought we were playing hard in the first half, but Toronto is a great team and had a lot of energy, I do not think they played since Sunday, so they really chased us, we were there, only 11 and they had reached 10 trios. that we challenged them at halftime to get up and attack the boys and push, not do anything easy, and they responded in that third room, they were great. "
3. Tim gets hard
Tim Hardaway Jr. not only posted a career-best 38 points on Wednesday, he blocked a 7-foot Jonas Valanciunas shot and threw himself on the scorer's table to try to save a loose ball. The run of the third quarter that prompted did not include, curiously, a field goal by Kristaps Porzingis, who was happy to serve as a decoy.
"It was amazing," said Porzingis. "He was aggressive, he attacked the basket." He missed me a couple of times. But I was having a great game. He was driving, shooting, doing everything he could. He was comfortable there and I want, how do you say, say good things about myself in the third quarter that was attracting so much attention that he was able to do all those things. But I am happy that he had such a good game and could guide us. "
4. Going south
The Knicks will face the Atlanta Hawks on the road on Friday, facing the team on which Hardaway put his career in the last two seasons before returning to join the Knicks as a free agent this summer, but Hardaway wanted to talk about where he is, not about going back to Atlanta.
"I'm happy to be back here, "he said of New York." It's a wonderful opportunity for me. "I'm happy, I'm excited, this group loves each other, you can see on the floor that we're playing for each other. There, as I said, we're still searching for our identity, that's what I love about this team. "
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5. Happy Thanksgiving
For everyone, a happy holiday. The Knicks flew early in the afternoon to Atlanta on Thursday and dined at Jarrett Jack's house in Atlanta.
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