Sunday, December 5 2021
Thibodeau and Randle

Thibodeau and Randle

Sunday night was a rough one from the Knicks from deep.

But their biggest issue, according to Tom Thibodeau and Julius Randle, was the lack of effort the Knicks showed in their disappointing 110-104 loss to the Orlando Magic.

“Sometimes when you’re missing shots, you let that take away from all the other things you’re doing out there,” Thibodeau told reporters following the loss. “We have to have a belief and an understanding that we can play well without shooting well. There’s so many other things you can do to impact the game. If you’re not shooting, make plays, make hustle plays, set a screen. There’s a lot of things that you can do to create good opportunities for our team. The most important thing is to find a way to win. Don’t get wrapped up in any personal dilemmas, play as a group, and find a way to win.”

The loss comes just 48 hours after the Knicks blew out the Magic down in Florida. So maybe the Knicks felt they could lay down on Sunday – but that certainly was not the case.

The Magic dropped 36 points in the fourth quarter to complete their comeback. At one point, they trailed by 13, and the Knicks had a six-point lead entering the fourth.

“They had 36 in the fourth? There you go,” Randle said. “Nights that we don’t shoot the ball particularly well, we definitely can rely on our defense in the fourth quarter, and intensity should go up. There’s no excuse for 36 points in the fourth quarter. I feel like that’s maybe where we lost the game. We didn’t play with energy the whole game, but definitely in the fourth, we can rely on our defense to get stops…and we didn’t do that.”

Thibodeau said the Knicks have no choice but to make the upsetting loss a learning point.

“We’re disappointed, but we have to learn from it. Just like when you win, you want to look at it and learn. When you lose, you want to understand why you lost and you want to learn, and that’s gonna be important for us. And that’s part of a season. So there’s disappointment. But we always say when you lose, the most important thing is to learn, to move it forward, to not repeat the same mistakes. So we’ll take a good look at the film, and then we’ll make our corrections, and then we have to get ready for the next one. The games keep coming. And so being ready to play is a big part of this league. I give a lo of credit to Orlando, they played with great intensity, they made hustle plays, and we didn’t…

“I can live with missed shots. It’s our defense and our rebounding and plying tough with a lead,” Thibodeau added. “You can’t let your guard down. When you have a lead, you have to play with toughness. We have a great group of guys. We’re disappointed with the way we played, but we have to do a lot better – all of us.”

Thibodeau had a lot to say postgame, but one sentence tells the whole story.

“When you take short cuts, the results are never gonna be good.”

And Randle is going to have a quick memory before the Knicks welcome to Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.

“There’s really not an excuse for energy and effort, but that’s what it was today. Personally, I’m gonna throw it in the trash, come back tomorrow, better prepare myself for the game on Tuesday.”

Source: Yahoo Sports

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