They kept up with Golden State, trading buckets and maintaining a certain tempo in the early goings. From there, the home team picked up the pace even more. The Knicks' defense was spread too thin, as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson nearly single-handedly sunk New York. They each knocked down six daggers from deep a piece.
From there on out, things got back to normal for New York. Nevertheless, despite the loss, there were still some takeaways worth making note of, especially as the team continues to explore different players as potential fits for next season's roster. See below for more observations.
- Langston Galloway has certainly had his inconsistencies from the field this season, but he's one of the better rebounding guards the Knicks have employed in recent years. His tenacity in getting to balls off missed shot attempts is impressive, as he's able to sneak inside and evade bigger defenders. Not many smaller guards can say the same.
- Scoring in double-figures (in quite efficient fashion, to say the least) over the last two games since returning from back spasms, Tim Hardaway Jr. continues to take advantage of a newfound opportunity. Being able to prove himself offensively as a centralized figure will be key to an increased role next season. The Knicks need to see more of the same from him.
- Leading the team with 18 points, it's clear Andrea Bargnani is an efficient offensive player. His ability to step out away from the basket, all the while converting on such shot attempts, makes him a steady threat. For the Knicks' sake, it's a shame he hasn't been able to remain healthy.
- With a team-high plus/minus of +3, Cole Aldrich was arguably the Knicks' best performer in the loss. Playing gritty defense down low, the big man grabbed nine rebounds and swatted five blocks. Offensively, he dished out five assists as well.