Man, look at these New York Knicks. The MSG squad continues a terrific NBA season, piling on the wins. On Thursday, the Knicks were able to escape with a slim 94-93 win over the Orlando Magic to give first-year coach Tom Thibodeau another impressive W.
The 63-year-old tactician has helped transformed the Knicks into a legitimate playoff contender this season after another traumatic campaign last year.
With their latest win, the Knicks have now matched their 21-win season from last year with a ton of games left. Their current 21-21 record has helped them cement their spot in the Eastern Conference's postseason picture as they continue their incredible surge. That said, it's hard not to commend Thibodeau for doing a fantastic job.
According to Stefan Bondy of The New York Daily News, Thibodeau has now equaled his predecessor's win total. Former Knicks coach David Fizdale, who was surprisingly fired after a short stint, needed 104 games to get 21 wins, while Thibodeau only needed 42.
The Knicks have already matched last season's win total.
Tom Thibodeau has also equaled David Fizdale's victory total with the Knicks.
* It took Fizdale 104 games to get his 21 wins. It took Thibodeau 42 games.
— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) March 19, 2021
It's no question that Thibodeau has changed the culture in the Big Apple. The entire team looks hungrier and everyone has been on the same page. Julius Randle, who notched his third triple-double of the season with 18 points, 10 rebounds, and a career-high 17 assists against the Magic, has answered the call of Thibs to lead the Knicks.
Young guys like RJ Barrett and rookie Immanuel Quickley have also stepped up, with role players like Reggie Bullock, who was huge on Thursday, Elfrid Payton, and Nerlens Noel all providing contributions. It's safe to say that Tom Thibodeau was the right man for the job.