The Knicks veterans and their two novices, point player Immanuel Quickley and forward Obi Toppin, played to their first-round stock, integrating for 29 points on 12 of 20 shooting.
This 30-point Boston matinee massacre ended his clubs five-game losing streak as his Knicks tossed a perfect video game at the Celtics at the fan-free TD Garden.
But the Celtics still took the Knicks gently and they paid. Big time. They played as if their minds were on whether Brady, still a New England obsession, would get Tampa Bay to the NFC Championship video game later Sunday.
As he turned 63, Thibodeau didnt get a huge Tom Brady birthday cake but celebrated by returning to New England to damage the Celtics with defense Sunday afternoon, 105-75.
” I in fact grew up a Knick fan– my father was a Knick fan,” Thibodeau added., it was in the mid- 80s so I ended up being a Celtic fan. If you grow up in Connecticut, it does not get much better than that.
Quickley and Toppin were enlisted to sing “Happy birthday” to their coach, according to video shared online.
Quickley delivered his normal shock and got the frustrating Toppin going early with an alley-oop lob.
Now it goes from Thibodeaus birthday in Boston to the event of Martin Luther King Day at the Garden. Sunday will bring more significance on the court if the Knicks are as victorious on MLK Day versus Orlando.
Afterward, Thibodeau attended to the Quickley issue that has actually gripped social networks lovers. Paytons defense is best utilized to set a tone early, Thibodeau said, and the Knicks smashed the Celtics from the opening tap. The Knicks coach stated he would like to see Payton-Quickley as a combining down the road.
Thibodeau is a proud New Englander, born in New Britain, Conn, a diehard Patriots fan who rooted early in his childhood for the Knicks before going green.
Robinson got in the contest with a bruised heel, then took a nasty spill in the very first half after blocking a 3-point shot. He harmed his knee but limped through the day on a football Sunday like a pigskin warrior, still an active dunk device.
Thom Thibodeau sees on as the Knicks beat the Celtics on Sunday.NBAE through Getty ImagesAs guaranteeing a day as this was for the Knicks (6-8), its similarly as great for the Brooklyn Dream Team. You can schedule Kevin Durant and James Hardens journey this summer season to Los Angeles if the Celtics are their biggest road block to the NBA Finals.
” I love both men– theyre various and bring different things to the team,” Thibodeau said. The Knicks made it as quiet as Sunday church.
” I love both people– theyre various and bring different things to the team,” Thibodeau said. Elfrid, when you look at his defense and size, a lot of these guards, especially point guards in the NBA today, theyre a load to deal with. And when Quickley comes in, he provides us a different look.”.
” I informed our gamers this: The method theyre practicing, the mindset, the approach and how theyre practicing has actually been a favorable,” Thibodeau said. “I thought going to Cleveland, I believed we were all set to play. I thought we were fantastic in the shootaround and we played well sufficient to win [Friday] on the roadway. We didnt close out the game the way we wouldve liked. [ Saturday] in practice I believed was great. As long as were doing the right things. I understand well improve and well keep getting much better.”.
Naturally, its much easier winning in this well-known hall minus Bostons rowdy crowd. TD Garden is the loudest building in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks made it as quiet as Sunday church.
” If we keep playing like we did today, were going to win a great deal of video games,” stated Toppin, who lastly looked like a lottery game choice in scoring 12 points and hitting 2 of 4 3-pinters.
It was the best birthday gift for Tom Thibodeau.
Thibodeaus club bothered the somnambulant Celtics into one of their worst outside-shooting efficiencies in their storied history– 7 of 46 (15.2 percent) from the 3-point line. If they threw tea into Boston Harbor, the Celtics could not have struck water.
This was a thrilling afternoon in Beantown– best up until now of his brief period. The last time the Knicks damaged Boston by a minimum of 30 points, it was 1997 and Thibs was a young Knicks assistant.
” You understand Im never ever pleased,” Thibodeau stated– with a smile. “Im not delighted, unless Im unpleasant.”.
” Defense results in offense,” stated Knicks center Mitchell Robinson, who soared in spite of being hobbled. “The interaction existed.”.
The permanently extreme first-year Knicks head coach even split a couple of smiles on Zoom in the postgame interview.
Real, the Eastern Conference-leading Celtics were missing superstar Jayson Tatum and had actually 3 games held off recently since of COVID-19.
The Knicks didnt play terribly Friday in their heartbreaking loss in Cleveland and took out their frustration on the Celtics.
Thibodeau has stood his ground in keeping Quickley as lightning off the bench and Elfrid Patyon as starter. He was rewarded. Theres lots of time to alter. As soon as he does, he cant go back, or hes David Fizdale.
The Celtics still took the Knicks lightly and they paid. Paytons defense is best utilized to set a tone early, Thibodeau stated, and the Knicks smashed the Celtics from the opening tap. The Knicks coach stated he would like to see Payton-Quickley as a matching down the road.