Although the Knicks are a team that is very focused on intensity and defense, this does not prevent the spotlight from being directed to those pieces that shine with baskets. It happens the same as in the rest of the teams. In this case, it is Jalen Brunson and Julius Randle – and not without merit – who tend to collect praise. However, the one in charge from the bench, Tom Thibodeau, cannot leave without giving his place to Mitchell Robinson whose efforts he sees as key to the team’s good results.
«Some of the plays he makes are incredible. They are plays in which he always puts a great effort. Often he makes two, three or four efforts on the same play. He has bodies everywhere. People hold him, grab him… and he is still able to reach out and get the ball,” he tells the media.
The reality is that Robinson is dominating under the hoops like never before in his career. With only 29.7 minutes on the hardwood, the center averages 11.2 rebounds per night, by far the best mark he has made in the six years he has been in the NBA. In addition, he contributes 1.4 steals and 1.4 blocks, which defines him as a bulwark of the New York defense.
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With Robinson operating at full capacity, those from the Big Apple are currently the team that concedes the fewest points in the League with an average of 105.1 per night. Behind are the Hoston Rockets with 105.5 and the Boston Celtics with 106.7. Once again, Thibodeau has shaped a rock on the hardwood.
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