Knicks’ miserable loss vs. Spurs summed up by Tom Thibodeau in 5 words
The New York Knicks suffered a disappointing loss against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night, 119-93, and so head coach Tom Thibodeau didn’t mince his words as he gave a blunt statement about the defeat.
“You get what you deserve,” the Knicks coach said, per Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic.
“Obviously we didn’t play our best. When you’re on the road you gotta play well for 48 minutes. We didn’t do that. We didn’t close out the 2nd quarter well. Didn’t start the 3rd well. You get what you deserve.”
This season is the first of Tom Thibodeau as head coach of the Knicks, and the team has been one of the biggest surprises this 2020-21 season. As early as now, New York has already surpassed their 17-win, 2018-2019 campaign. Currently, they sit at the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference with an 18-18 record.
Thibodeau has rebuilt the Knicks roster to his liking, prioritizing playing hard-nosed defense and having the slowest pace in the league. He has also brought back his former players Derrick Rose and Taj Gibson to lead the locker room.
Thibs has a reputation for running his starters to the ground with heavy minutes, and he continues to do so. Another trait of the coach is not playing rookies. This is understandable in the case of lottery pick Obi Toppin, who plays the same position as Julius Randle, but not as justifiable with the limited minutes of guard Immanuel Quickley. The rookie guard is quickly looking like the steal of the draft, as he is capable of dropping 30 on any given night.
Going back to Randle, his stellar play is one of the reasons why the Knicks are in the spot they are in. He will make his first All-Star appearance in Atlanta on March 7. Randle has been a double-double beast in points and rebounds and has improved as a playmaker. Also, he extended his range from deep and is shooting over 40 percent, which makes him even harder to contain for opposing defenders.