Just a few Knicks notes from Sunday:
When talking with reporters earlier than Sunday’s loss to Detroit, Tom Thibodeau once more made it clear that he’s an enormous believer in Mitchell Robinson’s expertise.
“I’m more than happy with how he’s working and progressing,” Thibodeau mentioned. “We’re simply making an attempt to determine what teams work finest collectively. There’s lots of similarities between Nerlens (Noel) and Mitchell, each are terrific, elite shot blockers, rim protectors and so they’re nice finishers, put lots of strain on the rim. Clearly, Mitchell is a youthful man. He’s acquired an enormous upside. So he’s simply acquired to maintain working. We’ll see the way it all works out. However he’s a vital a part of our group.”
Noel has began at middle in New York’s first two preseason video games. Robinson mentioned on Sunday that he isn’t fearful about beginning or coming off the bench — he additionally sees he and Noel as a sturdy duo at middle for New York. The Knicks face the Cavs of their first preseason dwelling sport Wednesday.
MKG to earn roster spot?
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist missed the Knicks’ first two preseason video games with an sickness. However Thibodeau mentioned that Kidd-Gilchrist’s sickness gained’t be an enormous consider whether or not or not he makes the Knicks’ 15-man roster.
“You understand who he’s and he’s looking for a approach onto the roster. Michael’s all the time been a terrific competitor,” Thibodeau mentioned. “Well being comes first, we would like him wholesome after which we’ll go from there.”
If New York needs to maintain Kidd-Gilchrist, the membership must waive a participant on a assured contract.
Thibodeau mentioned the teaching employees wish to consider lineups that includes Obi Toppin and Julius Randle at PF/C.
“You must have completely different lineup combos so we’d most likely wish to see it extra in apply as effectively (as preseason video games),” Thibodeau mentioned. “The massive concern there – we’d be positive offensively (however) the large concern there may be after all the protection. Determining who the opposite three gamers are to associate with them is a vital a part of that.”
NYK needs Quickley to shoot:
Immanuel Quickley made his NBA debut on Sunday. He went 1-for-3 in 10 minutes. Right here’s what Thibodeau considered his debut: “It was brief minutes, 9-10 minutes, and I like him. Some jitters early on. However he’s not afraid, he likes to compete. We didn’t see him shoot the ball. He’s a knock down shooter. We’d wish to see extra of these. We see him do it in apply on a regular basis. When he raises as much as shoot, you assume it’s entering into.”
NYK struggled vs. lure:
Thibodeau mentioned his membership ‘regressed’ in Sunday’s loss to Detroit. “We had one good quarter of basketball. (In) the primary sport, we had 35, 36 minutes of excellent basketball,” he mentioned. “…. We’ve to study from it and make enhancements.”
One factor Thibodeau wish to see New York enhance on? Producing good pictures in opposition to a trapping protection. Detroit trapped New York’s ball-handlers throughout stretches of Sunday’s sport. The Knicks did not take benefit.
“They had been aggressive in trapping choose and rolls. We had been unwilling to get the ball out of the lure shortly and make the second cross which might have gotten us a large open shot. It’s what we did within the third quarter to get higher pictures,” Thibodeau mentioned.
He added: “We’ve to grasp how essential that’s — when a participant is being trapped, to get to the correct spots, so the shops are simple. To get the ball out of the lure. Then, normally, it’s the second cross out of the lure, the place the rotation can’t sustain with it. We’re simply making an attempt to get that ironed out. We haven’t had lots of practices. We’ve acquired to have the ability to take issues from a ballroom or a shoot round and be capable of apply them to a sport. So hopefully we are able to study from this and get higher.”
One other statement from Thibodeau about New York’s offense on Sunday: “If a play is known as and it’s your play, it doesn’t imply it’s your shot. You have got the accountability to make the play for the group. So after we play for one another good issues occur and that’s what we have now to grasp. We’ve to make the sport simple. Precept, sound offense is forcing the protection to break down and that’s acquired to be a precedence.”
Q: 8-for-33 from three? They went zone. How involved are you about that?
A: “Nicely, we have a look at all of the pictures that we take. When the protection does collapse and also you kick it out and also you make the right rim learn, these are rhythm pictures. So I believe we made 5 threes within the first sport, we made eight tonight. After which while you see zone, you’re going to get extra threes. It’s one thing we have now to proceed to work on and I believe we have now guys which might be able to making them and we’re going to proceed to work on it.”