Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni both struggled to produce points against the Bucks. They combined to score six points on 2-for-9 shooting in 57 minutes.
Felton also had a tough night on the defensive end.
With the Knicks down one, Felton lost Brandon Knight on a cut to the basket. Zaza Pachulia hit Knight with a beautiful pass, and he converted a layup to put the Bucks up three with 27 seconds to play.
After Carmelo Anthony tied the score with a 3-pointer, Knight brought the ball down and drilled a 3-pointer over the outstretched arms of Felton to win the game for Milwaukee.
The Knicks’ point-guard play has been a weak spot at times this season.
According to 82games.com, the Knicks’ points guards are producing a 12.5 PER, which is a measure of per-minute production. On the other end, the Knicks are allowing point guards to produce a 17.2 PER.
The Knicks are getting 14.1 points per game from the point-guard spot and allowing opposing point guards to score 22.9 per game, according to 82games.com. Knight finished with 25 on Monday night and outscored Felton by 22.
That's a big deficit to make up at the four other positions.
So, if you believe the Knicks need to upgrade at point guard, let’s take a look at what’s out there, courtesy of our own Chris Broussard’s recent trade rumor rundown:
Kyle Lowry: The Raptors reportedly are going to see how things play out over the next two weeks before they decide what to do with Lowry. They’d been asking for a first-round pick earlier in the season, a price the Knicks weren’t willing to meet.
Kyrie Irving: Irving has reportedly expressed frustration with his situation in Cleveland. It’s hard to see the Cavs moving him in a trade at this point. And if they did make him available, they may be able to get better offers elsewhere than anything the Knicks could produce.
Rajon Rondo: This is another longshot. In the best-case scenario for the Knicks, Rondo forces a trade from the Celtics to New York. That doesn’t seem likely. Rondo, according to Broussard, looks forward to testing free agency.
Avery Bradley: Bradley can likely be had because Boston is in rebuilding mode, but would he be a big upgrade from Felton or Prigioni?
Andre Miller: The veteran would certainly be a strong presence in the Knicks’ locker room and has a relationship with Anthony, but it seems like his days playing heavy minutes may be in the past.
Jameer Nelson: He’d probably be available, but he’s making $8.6 million. So making a deal work would be difficult.
Up Now: The Knicks fell behind early and couldn’t get a stop late in their loss to the Bucks on Monday.
What’s next: The Knicks will use Tuesday to prepare for Wednesday’s home game against Portland.
Question: Should the Knicks upgrade at point guard? If so, who should they target?