Tom Thibodeau was requested who he would begin when level guard Elfrid Payton (hamstring) returns from his hamstring harm. That’s now the least of his issues.
After his media availability earlier than Tuesday’s recreation in San Antonio, the Knicks introduced latest starter Derrick Rose is out for well being and security COVID-19 protocols. It was not instantly clear if he had examined optimistic or got here in shut contact with an individual with COVID-19.
That might imply Rose is out till after the All-Star break. The Knicks end the primary half Thursday towards Detroit.
Rose was to begin his fourth straight recreation Tuesday however often all protocols take per week, particularly if he was involved with an individual with COVID-19.
“I simply principally determine what’s greatest for the group,’’ Thibodeau mentioned when requested who could be the long run starter when everyone seems to be wholesome.
Frank Ntilikina or Immanuel Quickley figured to realize the beginning towards the Spurs, and Austin Rivers, who had been banished from the rotation, was poised to lastly get right into a recreation because the backup.
Thibodeau lastly addressed why he usually declines to deal with rubbish time like rubbish time and sticks along with his high gamers within the fourth quarter of blowouts.
“That’s only a learn on the sport, what’s happening,’’ Thibodeau mentioned. “The best way individuals could make up floor with 3s, there’s no lead that’s secure.”
First-time All-Star Julius Randle performed all 12 minutes of the fourth quarter in Sunday’s blowout of Detroit.
Nerlens Noel, the Knicks’ lone true middle, performed the ultimate 9 minutes on the second evening of a back-to-back.
The Knicks led by 19 or extra factors the complete fourth in Detroit — besides when it dropped to 17 with 55 seconds left.
When advised the lead appeared very secure towards the East’s worst group, Thibodeau mentioned, “I’ve lots of confidence in our bench, however we’re additionally looking for a rhythm with the blokes we now have out and we now have totally different teams taking part in. There’s quite a bit that goes into it and people are simply teaching selections.’’
First-year coach Steve Nash gained the NBA’s Coach of the Month for February in guiding the Nets to a 9-Four file. Erik Spoelstra and Mike Budenholzer bought votes. Thibodeau was shut out after going 9-5 final month turning round a franchise that had been horrific for seven straight seasons.
“I by no means take a look at that stuff, so to me the main focus must be on the group,’’ Thibodeau mentioned. “Steve’s finished a terrific job, glad for him. Terrific coach, nice individual. And so they’re having a heck of a yr. So congratulations to him. I would like my focus to be on what we now have to do the subsequent day.’’
In August, legendary Spurs coach Gregg Popovich advised The Put up Thibodeau was “a seasoned veteran who it goes with out saying understands what wins, what loses. He is aware of easy methods to put a program collectively, create a tradition, be demanding.’’
Popovich has proved prescient with the Knicks’ 18-17 file coming into Tuesday.
“Par for the course, no shock,’’ Popovich mentioned earlier than going through the Knicks. “He has requirements, holds everybody accountable, sticks to it. And also you see the outcomes. He’s doing a positive job.’’