The 6-foot-11 center was the lone bright spot for the Bucks in front of a sellout crowd of 18,717, as he finished the game with a team-high 22 points, 14 rebounds and two blocked shots in 34 minutes.
A good chunk of Monroe's production came in the third quarter, when he scored 12 points and grabbed four rebounds as the Bucks struggled to hang with the visitors. Although his performance over the course of the game was far from perfect -- especially defensively -- he used his 265 pound frame to get effect inside, collecting seven offensive rebounds and getting to the line for 10 free throw attempts. Minus Monroe's production, the Bucks as a team went just 3-of-12 shooting in the quarter.
This is essentially the impact Monroe will have on the Bucks' offense most nights, but they can't expect to win games with no other player on the team hitting more than six shots. Even more concerning was the Bucks' effort defensively, as Derrick Williams ripped them for 24 and New York's bench scored 73 points.
The Bucks have Thursday to fix their mistakes from Wednesday's sloppy opener before hosting the Washington Wizards on Friday night.