Starting center Mitchell Robinson underwent hand surgery, so when Taj Gibson arrived in the locker room in the first half of Saturday night, it was not ideal for the Knicks .
Nebs Noel (Nerlens Noel) remained in the game after Gibson (Gibson) left, despite three fouls and the Knicks (Knicks) made the season when the Garden Pacers defeated their opponent 110-107 The highest 41 minutes.
“We obviously need it, we need size, we need edge protection,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. “The next person. We have more than enough players. I know [the front office] Available players will be investigated. That is their area. I just focus on the people we have. We will find a way. “
At the end of the second quarter, Thibodeau eliminated Noel and hired a small ball lineup with Julius Randle as center and Kevin Knox. Knox just got on the bench and briefly returned to the rotation. Rookie forward Obi Toppin (Obi Toppin) also participated in the game against Randle (Randle), but he only played 6 minutes.
Starting point guard Elfrid Payton also missed his second consecutive game due to a strained right hamstring.
Teton added that Payton is working every day and “making some progress” but he “is not ready yet.” In October and December of last season, he sat in 17 games with a hamstring injury. game.
Harm is part of the game. Unfortunately you have to trust your medical staff and trust the players,” Thibodeau said. “When he says he is going to go, he will go. I have full confidence in him, and I trust him. You want to be smart. “
The Knicks used the same lineup they used when they defeated the Kings on Thursday, which meant that Derrick Rose got off to a start. After the former lottery signer made his first appearance since December 29 against the Kings, Thibodeau also maintained a rotation with Frank Ntilikina.
Rose scored 17 points, 11 assists and 4 steals, including a combined defensive turnover in the final game of Indiana. Ntilikina was two seconds behind from the free throw, with 2.9 seconds left to score 5 points in 11 minutes.