Quentin Grimes shouldn't be feeling the heat from New York Knicks fans after an embarrassing loss to the Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday night. That would be unfair to the shooting guard if you ask head coach Tom Thibodeau.
“To put it on Quentin's not fair. I don't think we really had anyone who played really well,” the Knicks mentor said (h/t New York Basketball) following New York's 146-122 defeat at the hands of Giannis Antetokounmpo and company in the quarterfinals of the NBA In-Season Tournament.
However, there is no denying that Quentin Grimes barely did anything to help the Knicks versus the Bucks. Grimes saw action for 18 minutes and took just one shot attempt from the field. He also committed four fouls and finished with a plus-minus of minus-3. Grimes insinuated after the game that was feeling the pressure to deliver offensively for the Knicks, which is seemingly affecting his focus.
The Knicks' biggest issue in the loss to the Bucks wasn't their scoring, though. They were able to hit nearly 50 percent of their field-goal attempts and were 29-for-33 from the foul line. Their defense was another story. Milwaukee shot an incredible 60.4 percent from the field and 60.5 percent from deep.
Nevertheless, Grimes will have to find his form back. He's shot just 23.8 percent from the floor and posted a 30.6 effective field goal percentage in the last five Knicks games. Otherwise, the former Houston Cougars star could potentially lose his starting spot or further see his minutes get diminished.
The Knicks next play the Boston Celtics on the road on Friday.