Knicks Advance in In-Season Tournament
The New York Knicks have advanced in the NBA’s inaugural in-season tournament after a 115-91 victory over the Charlotte Hornets at the Garden.
What does this mean?
It means the Knicks will face the Milwaukee Bucks on December 5, a game that was not on the initial schedule when it was released back in July. Should the Knicks beat the Bucks, they will face the winner of the Pacers-Celtics match-up.
The In-season tournament championship is set for December 9. Ironically, the championship games does NOT count toward the regular season.
Wait? Isn’t the season already 82 games?
To clear up the ambiguity that the NBA created when it released this tournament, all 30 NBA teams were given a shorter 80-game regular season slate.
All the game that have been played in the tournament up to this point have already counted toward the regular season total.
The first two rounds of the tournament: the quarterfinals and the semifinals will count as games 81 and 82. The championship game, an 83rd game, will not count in the standings.
For teams like the Brooklyn Nets, who didn’t advance in the tournament, they will have games 81 and 82 re-scheduled against a team or teams that was also eliminated from the tournament.
HOW THE KNICKS WON?
A heavy dose of Julius Randle who scored 25 points and added 20 boards. Immanuel Quickly added 23 points, while Josh Hart (17), R.J. Barrett (16), and Jalen Brunson (12) round out the top scorers for the Knicks.
New York grabbed a 13-point lead in the first quarter, and really never looked back.
New York’s upcoming match-up with the Milwaukee Bucks in the semi-finals will be the fifth match-up against the Bucks this season. The two teams will play a back-to-back against one another on December 23 and 25. The Knicks already lost once to the Bucks, 110-105 back on November 3.
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