The retooled New York Knicks squad made their highly-anticipated season debut on Tuesday night. Coming into the game with a lot of optimism and expectations, they were not able to live up to the hype placed on them as they got blown out by the Cleveland Cavaliers, who looked very inspired after receiving their championship rings.
With LeBron James leading the way with a triple-double, the Knicks were defeated 117-88 in what can be considered one of their worst losses on opening night in franchise history.
Their new starting center, Joakim Noah, played almost 20 minutes in the game but failed to score a point and ended with six rebounds and three assists. He described his team’s performance during the game and could not have been more on point.
Joakim Noah: "We got our asses kicked."
— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) October 26, 2016
The good news for the Knicks is that this is only the first game of the new season. They have a lot of time to regroup and work harder on sets they perfect during practice. The Cavs are also one of the toughest, if not the toughest, teams to beat and they should watch the tape From this game and learn from their mistakes.
Having an experienced coach in Jeff Hornacek, plus a very formidable lineup on paper, will definitely help their cause.
It won’t be surprising if the Knicks bounce back hard after the opening night loss and string together a few wins in the next couple of games.