Coming off of a controversial and disappointing loss to Philadephia two nights earlier, it would be interesting to see what mindset the New York Knicks would bring to their next game. It didn’t take long for the Washington Wizards to learn that Tom Thibodeau had his team flaser ocused and with a chip on their shoulders.
The New York Knicks lost to the Philadelphia 76ers 101-100 in overtime at Madison Square Garden Sunday night, but that was not the entire story. As a matter of fact falling to the Eastern Conference leaders for the second time in less than a week wasn’t even the most important news to come out of the evening
It has been a mantra preached by Tom Thibodeau all season. “Next man up.” Thibodeau’s New York Knicks have never used injuries as an excuse to lose a game, and Thursday night was no exception. With the three point guards on the top of their depth chart all unavailable and facing a three-game losing skid, …
Should the New York Knicks consider their glasses half empty or half full? Tom Thibodeau’s team has come up short against the two top teams in the Eastern Conference on back to back nights. However, there should be some solace in the fact that the Knicks were able to stand toe to toe until the final seconds against two teams that are clearly contenders for the NBA title.
It has been a long wait for a game between the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets that held any significance other than Big Apple bragging rights. Monday night the two rivals squared off at the Barclays Center, The Nets (26-13) Things entered the contest with the second best mark in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks (20-20) came in tied for sixth and just percentage points out of fourth. New York has been as high as tied for fourth.
It’s difficult to comprehend the fact that a year ago many Knick fans were calling for the team to trade Julius Randle. The forward’s erratic play was frustrating to say the least. Thursday night after penning a a story for The Players’ Tribune titled “Reputation” explaining why he struggled last year and professing that he wanted to be a Knick for life, Randle went out proved it once again on the Madison Square Garden floor.
The stage was certainly set for the Knicks to have a let down. Playing on the road against a Detroit team with the worst record in the Eastern Conference. The second game of a back to back. Coming off of an emotional to win to reach the .500 mark 34 hours earlier. Fans had seen this before. In the past this has been the type of game the Knicks would sqaunder. However, this Tom Thibodeau Knicks team is not the Knicks team people have become accustomed to.