Knicks’ Jalen Brunson suddenly struggling at free throw line

Knicks’ Jalen Brunson suddenly struggling at free throw line

TORONTO — Jalen Brunson had a streak of 46 consecutive made free throws earlier this season, the second most in Knicks historical past.

Nonetheless, in addition to the $104 million level guard has performed over the previous two video games, together with 38 factors in Wednesday’s win over the Spurs, he has hit a droop on the free-throw line.

Brunson has missed 11 of his final 20 makes an attempt from the stripe over his previous 4 appearances, two video games apiece on both facet of the three video games he missed final week in Texas with a sore hip.

The non-public skid, which has dropped his total free-throw share this season from 89.1 p.c to 84.1 p.c, started with a 1-for-4 exhibiting by which Brunson clanked two late freebies in a one-point loss to the Bulls on Dec. 23.

The Knicks have been ranked 18th within the NBA via Wednesday in free-throw taking pictures at 77.5 p.c, together with 17-for-26 (65.4 p.c) towards the Spurs.

Jalen Brunson sat out the Knicks’ recreation towards the Mavericks on Tuesday.NBAE through Getty Photos

“Simply shoot it effectively,” coach Tom Thibodeau mentioned Wednesday night time. “So long as you shoot it effectively, generally you’re going to overlook. However most of the time, you’ll make. So stand up there and make.”

The lone Knick within the prime 10 at their positions within the preliminary fan voting for the All-Star Recreation will not be Brunson nor Julius Randle, however in style reserve guard Derrick Rose. The previous league MVP ranks ninth amongst backcourt gamers within the Jap Convention with 220,229 votes. … RJ Barrett (finger) stays out for the Knicks. Otto Porter Jr. (toe) is out for Toronto.

Obi Toppin was assigned Thursday to G-League Westchester so he might follow five-on-five with contact on the crew’s off day. He accompanied the Knicks to Toronto for Friday’s recreation towards the Raptors.

Toppin was obtainable on Wednesday night time however didn’t see any motion towards the Spurs after Thibodeau mentioned he’d be used on a “situational” foundation. Toppin hasn’t performed since struggling a non-displaced fractured fibula on Dec. 7 towards the Hawks. 

Since changing into a full-time starter on Nov. 20, Quentin Grimes has averaged 12.4 factors and 34.2 minutes in 21 video games. He’s taking pictures 47.1 p.c from the ground and 37.7 p.c from 3-point vary in that stretch.

“I believe I do know precisely the place I get my pictures,” Grimes mentioned. “Guys know what kind of man I’m, a shooter, and I could make performs driving to the basket when I’ve extra freedom. Simply attempt to make performs for myself and my crew and every thing is gonna fall into place, actually.”

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