Each recreation, each night time, the mission has change into a easy one:

Write about somebody apart from Jalen Brunson.

Each journey to the Backyard, each sojourn to the laptop computer, the duty is identical.

Write about somebody apart from Jalen Brunson.

And right here’s the factor: Proper now the Knicks are as deep and as wealthy in good tales as they’ve been in years. Julius Randle’s nightly redemption. Josh Hart capturing the hearts of Knicks followers inside about quarter-hour of unpacking his baggage right here. Immanuel Quickley electrifying Madison Sq. Backyard just by eradicating his warm-up, reporting to the scorer’s desk. Mitch Robinson trying, unexpectedly, like an elite defensive drive.

Hell, they actually have a designated mascot, one who additionally occurs to have Corridor of Fame credentials; each night time when the Knicks’ lead begins to swell the Backyard begins to chant Derrick Rose’s title, and Rose has taken on this unlikely walk-on function with uncommon grace and good humor.

Good tales all over the place you look.

Jalen Brunson, who scored a game-high 39 factors, celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer through the Knicks’ 142-118 win over the Nets.
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Write about somebody apart from Jalen Brunson.

Then the sport begins. And Brunson sneaks into the lane, knocks down a 10-footer. He steps again behind the road, swishes a 3. He finds open teammates. He exhorts annoyed ones. And all of the whereas he’s making it unattainable to jot down about anybody else, as a result of on the level on this Knicks season it has change into unattainable to speak about anybody else.

“The ball was going within the hoop,” Brunson mentioned sheepishly when this 142-118 thrashing of the Nets was full. “I can’t actually clarify it.”

Sure. The ball was going within the hoop. Brunson took 18 pictures Wednesday night time. He made 15 of them. He was 5-for-6 from 3. The Knicks knew they have been getting an awfully good participant once they signed him final July. They didn’t know they have been getting this.

“When a participant performs like that,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau mentioned, “the scoring is spectacular. To me, what’s extra spectacular is combating the double workforce and getting the ball out shortly.”

Which may have been probably the most exceptional half. Brunson had 30 of the Knicks’ 81 factors in a for-the-ages first half, then solely took 4 extra pictures the remainder of the sport, understanding that the Nets have been hellbent on letting somebody, anybody, else beat them.

In fact, there have been loads of others. Six Knicks scored in double figures. As a workforce they drilled 20 3s and made 57 p.c of those they took. Quentin Grimes made 6 out of 9 from 3, scored 22 factors. Randle had 21. Superlatives all over the place. It ought to have been the right alternative to jot down about somebody apart from Jalen Brunson.

Jalen Brunson shoots a jumper during the Knicks' win.
Jalen Brunson shoots a jumper through the Knicks’ win.
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You then take a look at that stat line.

And how are you going to speak about anybody else?

“They have been doubling me and you need to make the best play,” Brunson mentioned. “I belief my teammates.”

He has hit each proper word from the second he signed on. Even his selection of apparel was note-perfect: he reported to work donning a fresh-out-of-the-box No. 88 Patrick Kane jersey, talked about how as a child rising up outdoors Chicago he’d admired Kane.

If Kane is paying consideration, his new company colleague is worthy of equal admiration. And if he can take to New York the best way that Brunson has … effectively, it won’t be lengthy earlier than The Submit hockey scribes are posing themselves an identical problem:

Write about somebody apart from Patrick Kane.

“It’s simply nice,” Randle mentioned when he was requested what it was like, as a man who’s visited that zone earlier than, to watch the type of first half Brunson had when all the things that left his fingertips was certain for good issues. “It makes the sport simpler for all of us. He’s making performs and being environment friendly, and we’re successful.”

Randle let that sit for a beat.

Jalen Brunson and Knicks fans celebrate after one of his 3-pointers.
Jalen Brunson and Knicks followers have a good time after one in every of his 3-pointers.
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“Nice,” he mentioned.

All the things has been going the Knicks’ means; even the Warmth and Cavaliers misplaced Wednesday, that means the Knicks are just one ½ video games behind Cleveland for the No. 4 spot within the East. Issues are about to get difficult. There’s a Miami-Boston two-fer Friday and Sunday. There’s a five-game West Coast swing looming.

There are at all times potholes lurking.

“This could convey out the most effective in us,” Thibodeau mentioned.

We’ve seen what their greatest seems to be like rather a lot currently, and principally it emanates from the participant carrying his personal No. 11 when he isn’t borrowing Patrick Kane’s 88. Good luck speaking about anybody else.