The Knicks have survived. They lost five games in a row not long ago, their record was upside down, from 5-3 to 5-8, and almost every time they played, they looked a little tired and over-matched. In the past few years, we have seen what caused them to move forward.
Then the Knicks entered Boston and shocked the Celtics.
Go home and held a magic game on MLK Day.
Flew west, started four innings of the western swing, and stepped on the Warriors in the weightlifter. Suddenly 5-8 returned to 8-8. The Knicks looked like they were eight games before the season. They looked hungry and angry, eager to surprise everyone in the entire NBA, starting from the nasty skeptics. , They call it the home of New York.
That was only six days ago.
Now, the Knicks have beaten the Jazz 1
They returned to the three games below .500. In the eyes of someone who has done it before, the fans sincerely hope that they will not see more of the same thing. In fact, this is the inevitable rhythm of a season. In this season, expectations are too low, and expectations are too low. This effort has attracted everyone, especially teams with talent gaps every night.
So, now, in half a week, we will get to know the Knicks for the second time. The Knicks will take the Cavaliers and Clippers home, and they will go to Chicago for two games. The Bulls, then returned to the gardens, and played difficult back-to-backs with the Trail Blazers and Heat from now to Sunday’s Super Bowl.
We will learn new knowledge about the Knicks in every game, every game, every game, every road trip, every victory, every failed slide. This is the learning curve of youth. And it will now be fully displayed. This is the mission of Tom Thibodeau. This is the challenge of the team.
Thibodeau said on Tuesday night: “Games keep coming and challenges keep coming.” Everyone is not satisfied with the way the Knicks have lost in the past three games in the Western Conference.
“You have to be prepared. No matter what your schedule is, you have to find a way to win. You want to try to develop the right habits. In the NBA, everyone is sad. This is how you cope. We have rebounded. We must rebound again.”
The Jazz won for the ninth time in a row, and they became hot after a slaughter on the Knicks in the Garden on January 6. In many ways, they represent the blueprint of the Knicks. Using the old basketball plan like the pick-and-roll, steadily grow into a powerhouse in the Western Conference: smart drafts, smart trades, smart signings, smart coaches.
“They are good together,” Thibodeau said, the admiration in his voice clear.
Since the Knicks are a big market team with a powerful force in Madison Square Garden, people always hope to gain an influence that will eventually drive them where they want to go. Despite years of evidence to the contrary.
Therefore, for Leon Rose and other team members, adopting Plan B may not be a bad idea. The Jazz’s plan was so successful that the Knicks helped his two Utah architects in Walt Perrin, now Ross’s assistant, Johnnie Bryant, and now He was one of Thibodeau’s adjutants.
Utah State coach Quin Snyder has a similar concentration of makeup as Thibodeau. He won a large bonus from the first time he was the head coach of the University of Missouri and has steadily established a quiet force in Salt Lake City. Since the start of the game 206-98 2016-17 season.
Snyder said last week: “These people value winning businesses very seriously.”
When the time is right and the team is right, you will see Thibodeau make very similar suggestions. Currently, they are trying to stay above the water. Currently, these steps are much more modest. Jazz is in a season worth savoring. The Knicks have a season to save.