The New York Knicks lost a heartbreaker in Game 1 against the Atlanta Hawks after a Trae Young game-winning floater. Madison Square Garden was wild all game long as playoff basketball returned to the Garden. Now, ahead of Game 2, it appears head coach Tom Thibodeau could be considering some changes into the starting lineup, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.
Yea, Payton definitely not starting tomorrow as there is no game. But Thibs did a lot of new dance steps when asked if he’s considering The Move for Wednesday. https://t.co/QahLlVXncI
— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) May 24, 2021
It's about time for Derrick Rose to be given the keys, right? Elfrid Payton- somehow- has been the starter for the Knicks. He started Game 1 and only played eight minutes, finishing with a goose egg in points and rebounds and logging just one assist.
As for Rose, he's been sensational since joining the Knicks. Rose played a team-high 37 minutes in Game 1 and dropped 17 points on 8-16 from the field to go with five boards and five dimes. Rose hit the floater down the stretch that tied the game before Young's heroics sealed the deal.
Rose was also named as a finalist for Sixth Man of the Year. Make no mistake, Coach Thibs can't afford to get cute and continue to start Payton in hopes that he turns it around. Plain and simple, Rose should be the guy.
The Knicks have one more game in New York before taking the series to Atlanta, and headed down south with a 2-0 series deficit could prove detrimental for the Knicks, who have enjoyed their best season in recent memory in Thibodeau's first year at the helm.