Powered by RJ Barrett's monster night against the Golden State Warriors, the New York Knicks have improved to 8-8. Rather than celebrate, Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau claims there's more to be done.
Per Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, Thibodeau is not satisfied that his Knicks are is now 8-8.
What does 8-8 mean for Tom Thibodeau?
"It means we have a lot of work to do."
— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) January 22, 2021
Their 119-104 victory over the Warriors was led by second-year man RJ Barrett who dropped a career-high 28 points. He shot 10-of-17 from the field, 2-of-3 from deep, and 6-of-8 from the free-throw line. He also had two rebounds and five assists for the Knicks.
RJ Barrett has a career-high 28 points tonight against GSW. Knicks lead the Warriors by 12 with 3:30 to play. Barrett has made 10 of 14 shots vs. Golden State and has 5 assists.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) January 22, 2021
The Knicks have been one of the worst teams in the league for several years. The last time they made the playoffs was in the 2012-13 NBA season. The organization was met by sudden coaching changes, poor offseason moves, and a whole slew of others.
But over the last few years, the Knicks managed to get hold of several young prospects through the draft and via trades. Things seemed to turn in the right direction when they were able to acquire veteran coach Tom Thibodeau who boasts of multiple playoff appearances.
The Knicks entered the 2020-21 NBA season with one of the most talented young core in the league. A roster headlined by Julius Randle, RJ Barrett, Mitchell Robinson, Kevin Knox, among others.
The season is long and a lot can still happen. But Thursday's win over the Warriors is worthy of celebration. The Knicks proved that they can snatch a victory against one of the better teams in the league. Let's see if they can extend their winning streak to four when they face the Sacramento Kings on Friday.