Wednesday, May 25 2022
Tom Thibodeau grey pullover mask on chin looks a little sad

Tom Thibodeau grey pullover mask on chin looks a little sad

If you tuned in a few minutes late to Wednesday’s matchup between the Knicks and Heat in Miami, the game was basically out of reach before you even got settled.

In the first four minutes of the game alone, the Knicks committed three turnovers, missed four shots, and were down 13-2 on the scoreboard. Miami never looked back from there, going up by as many as 30 points while cruising to a 110-96 win.

“We got in the hole early. It was hard to get out of that,” head coach Tom Thibodeau said afterwards. “We got back on our heels, they put a lot of pressure on us, and if you give a team like that a lot of confidence early, particularly a team as good as this, you’re gonna pay for it and we did.

“We just didn’t play well tonight.”

To say it simply wasn’t the Knicks’ night would be an understatement, but the team’s fifth loss in their last six game also highlighted a disturbing trend. Once again, the team’s starting unit – Kemba Walker, Evan Fournier, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, and Mitchell Robinson – was abysmal, with every player having a net rating of -18 or worse, including Barrett’s -36.

With the Knicks down big and the starters struggling, the second unit showcased some bright spots, with Obi Toppin scoring 18 points and Immanuel Quickley adding 12 of his own.

The Knicks bench outscored Miami’s second unit 47-29, but Thibodeau said afterwards that the key is getting the entire team playing well at the same time, noting that a change to the starting unit could be possible.

“We’ll see. The thing is it’s not just the starters,” Thibodeau said when asked about potentially mixing things up. “The bench did some good things, but we need everyone to play well.

“We’ve had the starters play really well and then the challenge for us is we’ve got to get everyone playing well. We had the starters play well for a stretch there and the bench was struggling, and now it’s vice versa. So we’ve got to get it going. We’ve got to fix it.”

The Knicks will have a chance to do just that on Friday night, but it won’t come easy, as they travel to Milwaukee for a matchup with the defending champion Bucks at 10:00 p.m.

Source: Yahoo Sports

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