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The 5 performances of the night

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Evan Fournier (New York Knicks)

He dreamed of New York, Evan Fournier is served. The Frenchman is set to become one of the darlings of Madison Square Garden in his first season with the Knicks. From its very first week. Because he is already asserting himself as a key player in Gotham.

The Knicks ended a 15-game losing streak against the Sixers by beating Philadelphia on Tuesday night (112-99). Another victory at the Garden and above all a third success in four matches. With a very good Fournier, author of 18 points at 6 out of 10 on shots, including 4 out of 6 behind the arc. And 4 assists. The numbers are good, not great, but performance is crucial. His presence reinforces this New York formation.

“They have a much better team in attack because they have more skillful players and playmakers [que l’an dernier]. Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier aren’t just scorers. They are also designers ball in hand ”, confess for example Doc Rivers.

There will undoubtedly still be many happy evenings for Evan Fournier. And still plenty of victories to go for the Knicks.

Austin Reaves (Los Angeles Lakers)

Alex Caruso has just left for the Bulls and the Lakers have already found his successor. Austin Reaves is exactly in the same line as the former darling of Staples Center. Another rear out of nowhere and non-drafted after a full course at university. Above all, probably still a good pick for Los Angeles.

Because Reaves is in the same state of mind as Caruso: he returns to the field to give everything. Absolutely give it your all. Whatever its mission. He doesn’t defend as well as his predecessor – a real plague for opposing attackers – but he makes the effort and sacrifices himself. And in attack, he plants from afar. 10 points to 3 out of 5 on shots against the Spurs, with 2 award baskets.

Suddenly, Frank Vogel lined up for 30 minutes. The rookie has not stopped scratching playing time since his interesting debut against the Suns: 12 then 18 and therefore 30 minutes. Because he’s already one of the most energetic and interesting guys off the bench. As well as being one of the most skillful snipers. A necessary profile around superstars like LeBron James or Anthony Davis.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Oklahoma City Thunder)

The Thunder will have a painful season. Or without pressure, depending on your point of view. All that to say that Oklahoma City will chain defeats. But the young team will sometimes be in the game. Thanks to a man. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Already revealed to the general public last year, the Canadian leader continues to crack perfs. Another 30 points against the Warriors last night.

SGA left for a season with a good twenty points on the clock (23.7 last year). But what’s the point if OKC wins less than 20 matches? How long will it take for its leaders to decide to surround it better? The reconstruction could take at least another year. The 23-year-old is going to have to be patient.

Jalen Brunson (Dallas Mavericks)

Not sure that Kristaps Porzingis will ever become an All-Star again. Suddenly, Luka Doncic must find other support for the Mavericks. Fortunately, there is Jalen Brunson. And failing to measure 2.21 meters, he is reliable. A real manager to maintain the tempo or restore calm in the absence of the Slovenian. Or an ideal complement capable of drawing from a distance when they are lined up together.

In fact, Brunson is above all a winner. And the Mavs need a player like him. His 11 points and 11 assists off the bench weighed in during the victory in the Texan derby against the Rockets (116-106) yesterday. He had already been one of the few to survive with 17 points scored in the loss to the Hawks in the opening. A man to watch who will be important for Dallas this season.

Michael Porter Jr (Denver Nuggets)

The Nuggets already need him in Jamal Murray’s absence. But then when the franchise finds itself more deprived of Nikola Jokic… Michael Porter Jr end up with the keys to the truck. He took him into a wall. Supposed to be the complement of the Serbian, the young winger is really struggling since the start of the season.

And yesterday’s match against the Jazz perfectly sums up all of the guy’s current difficulties. The Nuggets were still in the game thanks to Jokic’s 24 points before the staff decided to let him rest after a clash with Rudy Gobert. So is the Porter show? Well no. He just watered without finding the target: 13 points at 5 of 18 on shots, including 3 of 11 behind the arc.

It’s a bit of a constant this week. Michael Porter Jr is not in the game. While he has yet signed a big contract during the offseason, with a real opportunity to gain momentum. But the start is really tough, with barely 11 points per game and disgusting percentages. We will have to quickly pull ourselves together there anyway.

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