First 7 games about Tom Thibodeau’s New York Knicks!

These Knicks are a team to be taken seriously!

When the New York Knicks made an improbable comeback and beat the Indiana Pacers this past weekend, most were surprised at the results. The Knicks weren’t expected to start the season strong, especially after losing the first 2 games of the 2020/2021 regular season campaign. However, they’ve bounced back, as they currently are 4-3 and are making significant progress on a daily basis.

A surprising duo is blossoming in New York!

The return of Austin Rivers and Immanuel Quickley has sparked a jolt within the team. Against Indiana, Quickley finished with 9 points over 15 minutes of game time, and Rivers dished 15 points over 17 minutes. That sparked head coach Tom Thibodeau’s mind, and he used them more frequently against the Hawks.

Knicks are getting traction thanks to some developing players!

Against the Hawks, the Knicks scored 113 points. Quickley scored 16 points in 19 minutes in action, staying on the court the whole fourth quarter. He hit all 6 free-throws attempts and dished 4 in 7 from the field. He connected 2 of 3 shots from downtown. His influence at PG has been refreshing for a team that has lacked a true playmaker at the position for a long time.

Rivers, on the other hand, played 33 minutes, the third most used on the team behind RJ Barrett and Julius Randle. Despite scoring only 6 points, his defense was awesome and he connected on 50% of his shots.

Overall, Thibodeau was quickly learning that Immanuel and Austin are a fantastic duo off the bench. It will not be a surprise to see the rookie starting at some point in the season and, Rivers is quickly gaining favor within the team.

Rivers hasn’t had much time to learn the system, as Thibodeau has simply asked him to go out and play aggressive basketball with a focus on defense. It has worked so far, and as their chemistry grows, I imagine the quality of their performances will too.

Break up the New Knicks!

The Knicks have other young players worth watching and they showed up big in Atlanta. TJ Barret had 26 points and 11 rebounds while Julius Randle (who is playing at an All-Star level) finished with 28 points, 17 rebounds, and 9 assists.

These two players are playing on a pretty high level and what we have seen so far of these Knicks, is that they are a team to be counted and pretty sure that they will be fighting for a playoff spot this season – against all odds.

Let’s not forget to credit the head coach Thibodeau, who made these kids play smart, disciplined, well-organized basketball. What New York needed more than anything was culture change – Thibodeau has brought that to the locker room. This team has an identity, a team that will outwork opponents, a team with real grit. A Thibodeau team.

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