Knicks bench RJ Barrett, Jalen Brunson in second half of loss

Knicks bench RJ Barrett, Jalen Brunson in second half of loss

Because the Knicks made a cost within the fourth quarter, a backcourt to which they’ve devoted lots of of thousands and thousands of {dollars} watched from the bench. 

RJ Barrett and Jalen Brunson had been benched for your entire interval and far of the third quarter in Sunday’s embarrassing 145-135 loss to the Thunder on the Backyard. 

The Knicks, who allowed their most factors in a sport in 16 years, had been gashed from the surface in. A dominant Shai Gilgeous-Alexander knifed his manner by way of defenders en path to 37 factors. 

Barrett hung finest with the lengthy, tall, speedy wing, however too typically was on his heels. Simply earlier than the primary half ended, Gilgeous-Alexander juked his approach to the elbow and faked Barrett into the air. SGA leaned in and received off his jumper as Barrett got here down on him for the and-one. 

Barrett picked up his fourth foul on Gilgeous-Alexander two minutes and two seconds into the third quarter, was subbed out and by no means returned. 

RJ Barrett guards Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in the course of the Knicks’ loss to the Thunder. Noah Okay. Murray-NY Submit

“I feel it’s time [to sit] while you’re fouling sufficient,” stated Barrett, who added everybody has to play tougher, however he accepted blame. “It falls on me for certain as a result of I used to be guarding Shai, and he received me into some foul bother. And that’s not good. I received to do a greater job of not fouling.” 

He was not alone. The Thunder shot 62.5 p.c from the sphere and 54.8 p.c from deep, getting big video games from taking pictures guard Josh Giddey (a triple-double with 24 factors) and small ahead Lu Dort (24 factors). 

Because the Knicks’ starters had no solutions and Giddey did a few of every little thing, Brunson was changed by Derrick Rose with 4:46 left within the third quarter and in addition by no means reentered. 

“I imply, I wouldn’t have performed myself both, the best way I used to be enjoying defensively,” stated Brunson, who completed with 17 factors on 5-of-9 taking pictures. 

The Knicks, who had been down by as many as 19 factors, outscored the Thunder by six within the fourth quarter with out their beginning backcourt. Immanuel Quickley (24 factors) and Cam Reddish (26 factors) sparked the offense and, within the late going, had been flanked by Julius Randle, Evan Fournier and Jericho Sims. 

Jalen Brunson dribbles in the course of the second half. Noah Okay. Murray-NY Submit

Tom Thibodeau benched Jalen Brunson and RJ Barrett for the fourth quarter. Noah Okay. Murray-NY Submit

“We simply received behind by a lot,” head coach Tom Thibodeau stated of Barrett’s benching. “We had been on the lookout for life, and that group that was in there gave us a bit of little bit of a spark, and in order that’s what we went with.” 

Quentin Grimes performed 7:57 in his third sport again from his foot damage. The second-year guard went 0-for-2 and was one other defender who struggled to maintain up with Gilgeous-Alexander. 

Earlier than the sport, Thibodeau continued to name Grimes “situational,” solely accessible briefly bursts as a result of he has missed a lot time since coaching camp with a sore left foot. 

Mitchell Robinson, who missed his fifth straight sport with a knee sprain, has begun on-court work, Thiobdeau stated. 

Thibodeau known as the middle “daily,” however stated Robinson has not begun contact drills but.

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