By Charlie Widdoes (Twitter)
Knicks vs. Bobcats | Cox Pavillion
When: Monday | 4:00 PM EST
Where to Watch: MSG
New York: After dropping a close game to New Orleans on Friday, the Knicks evened their record at 1-1 by beating Washington handily yesterday. That they did so without Iman Shumpert, whose NBA Summer League career looks like it will last only one game, or Tim Hardaway Jr. for a majority of the game, highlights the contribution they received from their bench. Hardaway left with a wrist injury about 10 minutes into the game, but the team didn't miss a beat on either end of the floor; eight Knicks scored five or more points in the win.
Charlotte: The Bobcats, also 1-1, feature a roster deep with top draft picks and promising young talent, led by this year's No. 4 overall pick, Cody Zeller, and last year's No. 2 overall selection, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. They, along with shooting guard Jeffery Taylor and raw big man Bismack Biyombo, are considered to be cornerstone pieces to Charlotte's rebuilding efforts, but they all have things to work on this week, so it should be a good test for both teams.
The Numbers Game
Hardaway scored "only" nine points against Washington, but he did so in only nine minutes and 59 seconds on the court. While were doing the per-minute thing: Liam McMorrow pulled down five rebounds in only six minutes and 36 seconds of play.
Matchup to Watch
Terrence Jennings vs. Cody Zeller
Jennings could be making his case for a training camp invite with his play over the first two games. He added 16 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks against the Wizards -- an all-around performance that included active defense and a few jumpers from the 6-10 stretch-4. Zeller looked great yesterday, going for 21 points on 6-for-12 shooting from the floor and 9-for-9 from the free throw line, so we'll be watching to see if he carries that forward.
What to Look For
How Hardaway responds to the wrist injury he suffered just 24 hours ago will be at the front of everyone's mind. He said he hopes to play, but the team could also take a cautious approach and rest him with the off day tomorrow. If he doesn't go, that probably means more minutes for Toure Murry, who impressed yesterday as he continues to work on being a primary ballhandler. Jeremy Tyler has been solid so far, but both Jennings and Eloy Vargas have shown they possess some NBA skills, so there could still be competition among the big men for potential roster spots.