Knicks’ Donte DiVincenzo Has Game To Forget vs. Hawks

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Mar 5, 2024; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks guard Donte DiVincenzo (0) drives for a shot against Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela (15) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks shooting guard Donte DiVincenzo has been one of the best shooters in the NBA this season. His prowess from 3-point range has helped keep the team afloat, navigating several injuries to key players in the last few weeks.

DiVincenzo has been doing his part to pick up the scoring slack with Julius Randle out of the lineup. However, it looks like he could be dealing with some tired legs, playing a lot more minutes than he is accustomed to.

Every player in the NBA has an off night from time to time, and for DiVincenzo, that off night was Tuesday. After an incredible performance to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night with Jalen Brunson injured, DiVincenzo had a dud against the Atlanta Hawks.

DiVincenzo shot 7-of-24 from the field overall against Atlanta, including 5-of-17 from 3-point range. It was the second time in three outings he shot under 30 percent from the field, as he also struggled last week against the Golden State Warriors.

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It certainly wasn’t for suffocating defense by the Hawks, as the Knicks got pretty much everything they wanted offensively. Shots just weren’t falling as sometimes, it isn’t your night offensively.

The bad tone was set early in the game. DiVincenzo was getting open looks, ones that he had been canning with regularity in recent weeks, but nothing would fall. It led to him setting some ugly NBA history.

In the first quarter against the Hawks, DiVincenzo shot 1-of-9 from 3-point range. According to KnicksMuse on X, he is the first player in NBA history to attempt 9+ 3-pointers in a first quarter and not make at least four of them.

That played a big part in New York going down by as many as 22 points in the first half. They came out flat defensively and were unable to take advantage of a porous Hawks team on the other end of the court.

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