Early preseason games make teams look bad. Learning the Triangle offense makes teams look bad. So yeah, the Knicks looked like loose duck shit in their first exhibition game in Connecticut. They had their moments in the Triangle and hung with the feisty Celtics in the first half. Turnover issues and meek transition defense worsened in the second half, and by the end of the thing, the Knicks just weren’t running their sets. Everyone was sloppy, like joshgabs said.

Some notes:

– The Celtics were an interesting first opponent for the Knicks. They’d already logged some preseason minutes, and they’re making a point this year of playing extremely intense, pressuring defense. And in all the Knicks’ body language you could read this sense of “uhhhh this isn’t fair, people weren’t trying to grab me and take the ball when I was practicing this.” Derek Fisher made the point post-game that the Knicks still have to think a lot harder than other teams to run their offense, and you could see the gears turning as guys were making their reads. They lack the fluency and the trust to react to the unexpected. There’s a lot of standing and considering and a lot of flailing under duress, which adds up to a lot of turnovers. It’s gonna be like this for a while. We knew that.

– Everybody did everything, as expected. Everybody got to post up, everybody got the chance to create from the perimeter. Samuel Dalembert took jumpers. Amar’e Stoudemire shot a three. Shane Larkin and Jose Calderon kicked out from under the rim.

– And here’s a good thing: J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. posted up. They both looked solid doing it, too. Tim even got an assist kicking out of a back-down when a double …read more