Supporting Cast Steps Up As Knicks Top Wizards

By Nick Ranieri, Knicks Fan Since 1980

After falling short in the Summer League opener against the Pelicans, the Knicks took the court on Sunday looking to get back on track with a victory against the Wizards. We learned before the game that Iman Shumpert would not be participating and that Chris Smith, younger brother of J.R. Smith, would draw the start at point guard. Smith controlled the offensive pace rather well and showed potential pushing the ball up the court while dishing out four assists.

The game turned out to be a tale of two halves; Tim Hardaway Jr. got off to a strong start, scoring nine points in the first quarter, but was forced to exit the game after sustaining a wrist injury. X-Rays came back negative and it turns out Hardaway Jr. will be day-to-day, with the possibility of playing against the Bobcats on Monday.

Before he left, he threw down this monster slam. After the game, he gave an update on his wrist injury

Trailing at the start of halftime by the score of 42-39, the Knicks came out looking to turn up the intensity in the second half and for the second straight game, C.J. Leslie did a great job infusing some much needed energy to the team. Leslie scored nine points, pulled down five rebounds, added an assist, and threw down a highlight dunk in the third quarter which really showcased his vertical leap and sheer athleticism. 

After a strong start with a double-double in the first game against the Pelicans, Jeremy Tyler had another solid outing today, scoring 13 points and snatching up eight rebounds. The most impressive thing about his game today is that five of his rebounds came on the offensive end. With a need to improve as a team on the glass, Tyler is really making a strong case for a roster spot.

Despite not scoring in the first half, Terrence Jennings stepped it up down the stretch and was instrumental in the comeback victory. Jennings scored 16 points and added eight rebounds, four offensive. As impressive as he was with his offensive game, Jennings was equally impactful on the defensive side of the ball, contributing three steals and two blocked shots, which played a crucial role in the Knicks defeating the Wizards by the score of 82-69.

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Next Game: Monday, 7/15 at 4 PM ET vs. the Charlotte Bobcats.

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