There’s no question the New York Knicks have a lot of really good players other than Carmelo Anthony. But without J.R. Smith in the lineup for the first five games, they lack a quality second option on offense in order to succeed against the league’s better teams.
Who knows? The Knicks may end up struggling even when Smith returns from his season-opening five-game suspension.
On Sunday night at Madison Square Garden, the Knicks struggled mightily in the first quarter, when Minnesota raced to a 40-19 lead and held on for a 109-100 victory to move to 3-0 for the first time since 2001.