The New York Knicks have turned the page on Mitchell Robinson’s recent comments complaining about his poor role on offense. Specifically, it has been Tom Thibodeau who has defended him and has insisted on the vital importance of him as a defensive bulwark for his team, the media reported. SNY.com.
“Mitch (Robinson) has been magnificent all season. Anyone can have a bad day. If you have a bad day, pick yourself up. Don’t put rocks on the road,” explained Tom Thibodeau.
«His colleagues respect and appreciate him. We know all the dirty work he does for us. He is a great part of the team. He has a very important role. He goes out on the court, don’t worry about the next play. Nobody is perfect,” he added.
In his particular duel against the two-time MVP Nikola Jokic, his presence was very important to obtain the tight 116-110 victory. His from him were 8 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 block, in addition to a huge amount of work that does not reflect the statistical sheet.
This coming night another complicated duel awaits him against the Frenchman Rudy Gobert. The Knicks await the T-Wolves starting at 00:30 in the morning where they aspire to obtain their four consecutive wins in the absence of the injured Anthony Edwards.
It is also worth noting the good work of Isaiah Hartenstein as the second center of the New York rotation. The former Clippers player is gradually finding his best game, and in 22 minutes he had 6 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals and 1 block.
Hartenstein, signed this summer for 2 seasons and 16 million dollars, had been practicing at a level well below what was shown in the Clippers last year. As he himself admitted, he arrived out of shape, and it has been difficult for him to adapt to New Yorkers. Until today, that he is in top form for the last stretch of the regular season where direct access to the playoffs is played.
“When a player comes in and tries to adjust to his new team and teammates, it takes some time. And one of the consequences of Mitch’s injury was that he had a chance to get into a rhythm and he’s also managed to stay healthy,” Thibodeau said.
“He’s doing those little things. He scores 10 or 15 points. He rebounds, assists, blocks, defends, gets his hands on passes… Things like that. And on top of that, he puts up some really good blocks,” highlighted Julius Randle.
In the 72 games he has played (11 as a starter) he has accumulated figures of 4.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1 assist in 19.6 minutes per day.
Hart, tremendous signing
‘Chapeau’ for the management of the Knicks in the operation for Josh Hart. Overcrowded with shooting guards and too short for the forward position, many said. But time is giving Mr. Leon Rose the reason, since since his signing they are signing an impressive 12-3, being 5th in the East (42-30) with ten games to go until the end of the regular season.
Hart has fallen like a glove in Thibs’ current nine-man rotation and has become the “all-rounder.” In addition, despite starting with him as a substitute, his importance is so great that he is managing to finish the games with Brunson, Quickley, Barrett and Randle.
“It is a victory that makes us feel very good against a team as tough as Denver. Playing against a top seed… But at the end of the day we have to keep our feet on the ground. We cannot trust each other. I think that if we trust ourselves, it is useless to beat them, “he acknowledged after the victory last Friday.
So we have to keep working hard. Further improve. Keep learning. We prefer to learn with victories than with defeats. And this Monday comes Minnesota. And he is also a very tough opponent. They will come prepared », he concluded.
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