Combo guard Austin Rivers has crept even deeper into Tom Thibodeau’s doghouse.
Even with their prime two level guards, Derrick Rose (COVID-19 protocols) and Elfrid Payton (hamstring), lacking Tuesday’s blowout 119-93 loss to the Spurs, Rivers was not positioned again into the rotation and didn’t play.
The Submit reported Rivers was not on the bench for Saturday’s recreation after he hinted he could possibly be traded quickly, and the Knicks stated he was within the locker room getting remedy on his ankle. Thibodeau might have used his veteran savvy Tuesday, however he used solely a nine-man rotation for the second straight recreation.
With Rose out, Frank Ntilikina obtained the beginning and Thibodeau positioned Kevin Knox again into the combination at small ahead. He additionally had Alec Burks as a taking pictures guard with some ballhandling duties.
Thibodeau was not expansive on Rivers’ huge demotion that started after the Knicks traded for Rose final month.
“It’s situational,’’ Thibodeau stated of Rivers. “He’s obtained to maintain working.’’
Rivers appeared to anger Thibodeau final week when he raised the prospect a number of instances of being traded at any second.
When requested if Rivers has an damage, Thibodeau confirmed he has “an ankle situation.’’ Nonetheless, Rivers has not been placed on the damage report.
Rivers didn’t go towards the bench throughout Thibodeau’s huddles. The Sixers have been focused on Rivers within the offseason, however new coach Doc Rivers scuttled the concept of including his son as a result of they went via that when with the Clippers. Rivers is already teaching his son-in-law, Seth Curry.
The Knicks might have a roster spot to signal a middle with Mitchell Robinson (hand surgical procedure) and Taj Gibson (sprained ankle) out for an prolonged time.
Knicks rookie Obi Toppin was formally named to the NBA Slam Dunk contest and can face off Sunday towards Anfernee Simons and Cassius Stanley. Julius Randle, already an All-Star, will take part within the Expertise Problem.
In August, legendary Spurs coach Gregg Popovich instructed The Submit Thibodeau was “a seasoned veteran who it goes with out saying understands what wins what loses. He is aware of how you can put a program collectively, create a tradition, be demanding.’’
Popovich has proved prescient with the Knicks’ 18-18 document.
“Par for the course, no shock,’’ Popovich stated Tuesday. “He has requirements, holds everybody accountable, sticks to it. And also you see the outcomes. He’s doing a effective job.”