GAME 1: Hardaway Jr. stars, Trier big off the bench, blowout Hawks in home opener.

ATL 107 @ 126 NY

For one night, my beloved Knicks aren’t the worst team in the NBA.

It won’t always be like this but for one night, my Knicks played like one of the best teams in the NBA.

Even the NY Daily News was unsure if this was the same squad FiveThirtyEight projected to be the worst team in the league.

Tim Hardaway Jr. went off in the 2nd frame, scoring 16 of his 31 points to lead the Knicks to their highest scoring quarter in team history.

After our 49-point 2nd quarter, we went to halftime up big, 72-49.

Nope, not a typo.

We scored 49 points in a quarter and the Hawks did it in a half and I just wish it will always be like this. But we don’t have 82 home games against Atlanta.

Our first round pick Kevin Knox didnt play so great, but I’m going to charge it to the fact it was his first NBA game and at 19 years old, I wouldn’t have been ready either.

He was aggressive throughout and although his shot wasn’t falling, but he kept attacking the basket and taking the shots when available. His defense was spotty as he allowed Hawks forward Taurean Prince to basically shoot open threes for most of the second and third quarters.

He ended with 10 points on 4-16 shooting and has to learn when his shot isn’t falling he can effect the game in other ways.

But another rookie stood out from the time he walked to the announcers table. Undrafted rookie Allonzo Trier had 16 and 4 rebounds and seemed to give the building a jolt with his thunderous slam over the Hawks to end the 3rd quarter.

It was a good game overall. But not everyone is going to be Atlanta. The Hawks are rebuilding like us with a lot of young pieces. Now if we can do that against The Celtics and The Sixers of the world then we are in business.

For now it’s one night of 82. But the future looks promising if we can build off that win.

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