In the first 10 games of the season, Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau maintained the same starting lineup, which proved his belief in the quintet and the team’s ability to avoid injuries.
It is believed that the Knicks have not had a starter in the first 10 games for at least 20 years.
The winning streak ended in Charlotte on Monday, and any similar game started well.
Reggie Bullock (Reggie Bullock) has always been a strong backing for the Knicks’ starting shooting guard, falling down with a sore hip and getting scratched. Thibodeau (Thibodeau) chose Austin Rivers (Austin Rivers) to play the role of Bullock, and the Hornets led 10-0 and 19-5.
When Thibodeau replaced Immanuel Quickley and Kevin Knox as substitutes, the Knicks rallied, even though they eventually lost 21
Bullock is expected to miss Wednesday’s game against the Nets. Can Knox finally start as a small forward with the cold RJ Barrett?
The Knicks made a brutal three-pointer percentage in their three-game losing streak (85% from 24, 85%).
With a sprained ankle from three-point shooter Alec Burks, Knox may be a panacea that can help the team heal the downturn in outside shooting, which helped the Knicks fall to 5-6.
Knox started the 2018-19 season for most of his rookie season, but when Marcus Morris (Marcus Morris) signed as a free agent in July 2019, Knox returned to the bench On, even after Morris was traded last February, he stayed there.
Last season, Knox started 57 of 75 games as a rookie, and only started 4 of 56 games.
Knox now hit a career-high 40% from three-pointers, averaging 7.9 points in 21 minutes.
Knox is also related to the other four starters on the team last season. (Mitchell Robinson is the best friend of the Knox team).
Rivers played well with the reserve team and it had never started before. He may have been talking to himself when he said the team’s chemistry was poor, even though most of the rotations are repeat customers.
Rivers said: “We have not established the chemistry, we are still building.” Rivers missed the preseason and the first four games. “That’s why I have to wait patiently, because I know it will only get better. I haven’t practiced all season. The first time I played against the team was against the Raptors. [on Dec. 31]. So I am still figuring it out. “
It might be wise to keep getting out of the pine tree.
Taj Gibson, who was the starting center last season and Thibodeau’s favorite, will be able to face the Nets after passing the COVID-19 agreement. Although sources said he is in good physical condition, it is not clear whether he will play without team practice.
Gibson signed with Gibson last week to help him increase the depth of the front court and reduce Julius Randall’s heavy time. In the game against the Hornets, the exhausted Randle finally had his first game, scoring only 11 points and four turnovers.
But his statistics in 11 games cannot be ignored. Randle joined Oscar Robertson and became the only player in NBA history to score at least 200 points, 115 rebounds and 70 assists in the team’s first 11 games.
Last season, the Knicks and the Nets separated four regular season games.