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Knicks crash back to reality

Knicks crash back to reality
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The Knicks had fans on cloud nine about a week ago when they were 5-3 following a three-game win streak. Now, after three straight losses put them under .500, the fan base has been brought back to earth. RJ Barrett can’t make shots. Julius Randle isn’t the same dominant force he was. Four players are out with injuries. Everything is going wrong for Tom Thibodeau’s team. What happened?

To break down the latest struggles from the Knicks, we bring you a new episode of the “Big Apple Buckets” podcast with Sal Licata and Jerome “The Junk Yard Dog” Williams, including chats with former Knicks guard Chris Childs and beat writer Marc Berman.

          

Big Apple Buckets Opening Segment with Sal & The Junk Yard Dog:

  • Knicks’ three-game losing streak. What happened? Can’t win shooting 34%. Players are getting fatigued. Team badly missing Alec Burks.
  • Injuries taking their toll. Missing Burks, Obi Toppin, Frank Ntilikina, Reggie Bullock. Randle having to play more minutes.
  • RJ Barrett can’t knock down shots. Needs to get to his bread and butter attacking the basket, drawing fouls.
  • Knicks’ tough schedule ahead. Big matchup vs. Nets Wednesday. What is going on with Kyrie Irving? This is Kyrie’s M.O.

Sizzlin’ Sal: Sal sounds off on the Knicks not wearing white jerseys at home and why he hates it. He also hates fans using #KnicksTape and does not understand the point of it.

Chris Childs Interview:
Former Knicks guard (1996-2001)

  • Memories being teammates with JYD in Toronto. Playing with Dell Curry and seeing Steph Curry play as a kid, shooting with left hand.
  • Knicks today vs. in late ’90s. Thibs has them in the right direction.
  • Veterans on his Knicks like Oakley that taught lessons, guys that motivated them. Players policing themselves, not the coach.
  • What teams did you hate when you were on the Knicks?
  • The Kyrie Irving saga. Has to be 100% invested.

Marc Berman Segment:
Longtime NY Post Knicks beat writer

  • Knicks are last in the NBA in 3s. Biggest injury right now is Burks.
  • Barrett has to stop shooting 3s and take it to the cup. Has improved free-throw shooting this season, needs to take advantage of that.
  • What has happened to Quickley in the past week?
  • Timelines for injured Knicks and when they may return.

Catch up on all episodes of “Big Apple Buckets,” a New York Knicks podcast, by subscribing to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. New episodes of the show drop Tuesday afternoons.

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Erin Clark

Erin is a sports enthusiast who loves indulging in occasional football matches. She is a passionate journalist who flaunts a perfect hold over the English language. She currently caters her skills for the sports and health section of Report Door.