After Monday’s blowout loss against the Celtics, the Lakers hope to bounce back against fellow top tier free agent destination, the New York Knicks. The Lakers are in the midst of their two-game “we could have had AD if we really wanted to” tour after losing to Boston and now take on the (once again) struggling Knicks in back-to-back games on the road. Even after the discouraging loss to Boston, in which the Celtics blew away the Lakers after the first quarter, the Lakers now find themselves in a prime bounce-back spot with the Knicks close to the bottom of the standings in the Eastern Conference. Their last meeting resulted in a 30 point walloping of the Knicks in Los Angeles.
Despite the jokes, the Knicks actually do have some positives going for them at the moment. They lead the league in offensive rebounds per game (see, they did have a plan for all those power forwards they signed in the offseason!), and fourth overall pick RJ Barrett has shown some real promise as of late, with his field goal percentage going from 35.1% in December to 40.9% in January, while his attempts per game have stayed steady at 12.2.
Frank Ntilikina, whilst remaining a bit of an enigma in the sport, is a defensive menace and can guard any position from 1-5 at will. Despite his offensive game remaining a bit raw, he’s shown an increased comfort on that end of the floor. Their best player so far this season has been free agent pickup Marcus Morris, who leads the team in most statistical categories, including points, 3-point percentage, and 3-point attempts. He’s been an excellent addition and has been a prime trade target for several contenders, but the Knicks have been thus far reluctant to move him.
The Lakers and Knicks tip-off at 4:30 PM in Madison Square Garden. Follow us on Twitter for more updates.