New York Knicks at Denver Nuggets
Game 27: December 17, 2016
Nuggets 127, Knicks 114
Written by Eric Weinstein – @ericcweinsteinn
So much for that promising road trip.
The Knicks concluded the west coast swing in Denver, Colorado tonight to and met the Nuggets at Pepsi Center. Hoping to finish this trip on a positive note, the Knicks did quite the opposite and dropped this game to the Nuggets, 127-114. New York looked like they had been away from home for five games, as the Nuggets came out with more energy from the get-go.
Carmelo Anthony returned after his one game absence to lead the Knicks with 29 points against his former team. Kristaps Porzingis scored 22 points along with 7 rebounds. The Nuggets were led by 25 points on 10-11 shooting by Kenneth Faried who looked as if he had been shot out of a cannon all night. Emmanuel Mudiay went for 22 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists.
Takeaways from this game:
“Its only the preseason” is the claim that many will make regarding the perfect shift Iman Shumpert put in during the Knicks opening preseason game versus Boston on Wednesday night. For those of us who have been watching Knicks basketball for years, it was confirmation of what we have been whispering for over a year. Iman Shumpert is ready to take the next step into stardom in the NBA.
Shump was flawless from the field, going 7-7 including 3 from behind the arc. The most encouraging improvement is his shot selection. There were many times early in the game when a younger Shumpert would have forced a shot or had one of those pointless drives into the paint. On Wednesday night, Shumpert drove and created, making plays happen for his teammates. How many years has it been since the Knicks has possessed a player with a solid combination speed and scoring ability?