Mills And Perry: Knicks Not Meeting Our Expectations

Team Brass Address Poor Start After Latest Loss

Associated Press
November 11, 2019 - 8:30 am

Another loss Sunday night prompted Knicks officials to address the team's slow start.

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New York fell to 2-8 -- last in the Eastern Conference -- after losing at home to the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-87. 

"Obviously, (GM) Scott (Perry) and I are not happy with where we are right now," Knicks President Steve Mills said following the loss. "We think the team is not performing to the level that we anticipated or we expected to perform, and it's something that we collectively have to do a better job of delivering the product on the floor that we said we would do at the start of this season.

"We still believe in our coaching staff. We believe in the plan Scott and I put together and the players that we've assembled, but we also have to acknowledge that we haven't played at the level we expected to play at."

Knicks forward Kevin Knox drives past Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. (22) and guard Matthew Dellavedova on Nov. 10, 2019, at Madison Square Garden.
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According to Mills, he and Knicks general manager Scott Perry spoke with owner James Dolan during the game, which included several rounds of boos from fans in attendance.

"I mean Jim still believes in the plan that we put together, but he's passionate as we are about this," Mills said. "He would want us to have better results on the floor. But I think Jim is a fan and believes in what we are doing, but he has the same kind of expectations that we have. And this is really about how we feel about what we should be doing, what we should be delivering as a group and we all take responsibility."

Following Mills and Perry at the podium, coach David Fizdale was asked if he feels a sense of urgency to get the Knicks turned around quickly.

"I live in that sense of urgency," Fizdale said. "I don't need anyone to speak to give me a sense of urgency. I'm not cruising through this thing acting like I've got a bunch of time to get a team together. Every day I have urgency about this team about how I coach them, about getting them better, about building consistent habits."

Cleveland opened the second half on an 18-6 run and led the Knicks by as many as 30 in the third quarter. Following a driving layup from Sexton at the 6:48 mark of the third quarter, fans booed the Knicks heavily.

The Cavaliers took a 54-36 lead into the half as Sexton led all scorers with 16 points. The Knicks struggled mightily from the field shooting 16 for 43 in the first half, taking many contested long two-pointers.


Knicks: Elfrid Payton is not guaranteed his starting point guard spot upon return. "If things are going well, we'll probably stay with what we're doing," Fizdale said. ... Payton (hamstring), Dennis Smith Jr. (personal), Mitchell Robinson (concussion) and Reggie Bullock (neck) were out for New York.


Knicks: Visit Chicago on Tuesday night.