LAS VEGAS — Knicks ubiquitous manager Scott Perry attempted to downplay a success of his team’s dual breeze picks, lottery male Kevin Knox and core Mitchell Robinson, before Tuesday’s showdown opposite a Lakers.
“I consider it’s approach too early to make an comment after dual summer-league games,’’ Perry said. “You have to magnitude it. Excitement or disappointment? Do we see enlivening things? Yes. But we know these aren’t a guys they’re personification opposite or not personification opposite in a fall.’’
And nonetheless Knox continued to make Knicks fans dream large with a 16-point third entertain that carried a group behind from a 25-point necessity into a 78-78 tie entering a fourth.The Lakers pulled divided late for a 109-92 victory.
Knox finished with 29 points on 9-of-20 shooting, including 5-of-7 from over a 3-point line, and 9 rebounds.
Robinson, a Knicks’ second-round collect whom a Lakers deliberate drafting, racked adult 13 points on 5-of-6 sharpened with 8 rebounds and 3 blocks — though was a minus-33.
Selected ninth in a draft, Knox strike dual late 3-pointers during a splurge as a Knicks’ beast run cut a necessity to 76-70. He afterwards bagged another trey to tie measure during 78.
Knox had scored 22 points and 19 points in his initial dual summer games.
“We were down — we wanted to make certain we did a best we can to assistance my group come back,’’ Knox said. “It was good feeling. My teammates did a good pursuit anticipating me.
“Collectively it was a good group comeback. Unfortunately we couldn’t get a win.”
Missing starting indicate ensure Frank Ntilikina, who has a groin injury, a Knicks fell behind 76-51 early in a third entertain and couldn’t reason down a Lakers in a final period.
“It was a small bit opposite — Frank could’ve helped us in a fourth quarter, somebody who can have led us and picked adult defensively,’’ Knox said. “He’s unequivocally good defensively. Somebody who’s been in these situations, he could’ve helped us in a fourth.’’
The Knicks finished a initial call of play during 1-2 as a playoff seedings will now flog in.
“We suspicion Kevin was in a place where he’d step adult to a challenge,’’ Knicks boss Steve Mills pronounced before a game. “He was vehement about removing here and performing, and he played a approach we suspicion he would play.”
Said Perry: “We knew both of those immature group were prolonged and athletic, guys who wish to turn good players. They have demonstrated some of those characteristics in summer joining so far.”