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Pistons Struggle Shooting Against Knicks

Kemba Walker #8 of the New York Knicks helps Knicks win against Pistons. Getty Images | Maddie Malhotra
Kemba Walker #8 of the New York Knicks Getty Images | Maddie Malhotra

The New York Knicks get back on track with a win against the worst team in the NBA, Detroit Pistons, 105-91. Kemba Walker led the Knicks with 21 points and 8 assists. While rookie star Cade Cunnigham struggles shooting 2 for 13 from the field.

Game Recap

With eight players being out tonight, including six players on the NBA’s health and safety protocols, the starters played many minutes tonight. Julius Randle and Kemba Walker each get 21 points, while Randle got a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds, shooting 44% from the field. The Knicks’ top scorer was Evan Fournier, with 22 points. Walker, Burks, and Fournier played at least 40 minutes, while Randle got 38 minutes. The Knicks big men Mitchell Robinson and Nerlens Noel split minutes, with Noel getting 23 minutes and Robinson getting 25 minutes.

Knicks Difference Maker

The big halftime adjustment for the Knicks was to involve more of Mitchell Robinson. Once the second half started with the Knicks up by nine points against the Pistons, 48-39, Robinson helped the Knicks go on an 11-0 run. The Knicks kept the lead for the rest of the game, with their most significant lead being 22 points in the third quarter. Detroit was able to bring the Knicks’ lead down to five with Saben Lee and one lay-up. But Robinson got a dunk next possession, and the Knicks finished business in the Garden. Robinson finished the game with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Robinson had the best plus-minus stat for the Knicks with +24.

Pistons Struggle All Around

Young rookie star Cade Cunningham shot below 25% from the field for the fifth time this season. Saddiq Bey and Cory Joseph had 15 points each, but that wasn’t enough to score 100 points. The Pistons are 1-13 when scoring under 100 points this season. Don’t expect any wins anytime soon, especially with no Jerami Grant for the next month.

Final Thoughts

Allow under 100 points every game

This season, the Knicks record when opponents score under 100 points is 8-1. So that means the Knicks to play the way they played last season. That also means Randle needs to play better all-around if they want a shot at making the play-in tournament in April. But these Knicks will get to prove why they are possibly a playoff team on Christmas day against the Atlanta Hawks.

Cade Cunnigham needs more time

Cade will get more touches and shots with no Jerami Grant for the next six weeks. But going under 25% from the field is not what you want from your first-round pick. Cade simply needs time to develop into a better player. Maybe a 10th seed push if Cade and Jerami get hot in the second half of the season.

Up Next

New York will stay at home for matchup against Washington on Thursday

Detroit will travel to Miami on Thursday.

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