Knicks roll with Cam Reddish over Quentin Grimes down the stretch

With the sport on the line, arguably the Knicks’ greatest perimeter defender was on the bench. 

After serving to restrict Ja Morant to eight factors and 4 turnovers in the first half, Quentin Grimes didn’t get a crack at him in the fourth quarter of the Knicks’ 127-123 loss to the Grizzlies. 

“Just the way the game was unfolding,” coach Tom Thibodeau mentioned. “I liked Cam [Reddish] a lot, too. That group was rolling pretty good, so just stayed with them. Whatever works best for our team, that’s what we’re going to go with.” 

Reddish was a part of the unit that rallied the Knicks from a 10-point deficit getting into the fourth quarter into the lead, and he hit some huge photographs in his first sport again from a proper groin harm. Thibodeau additionally appreciated the concept of giving Morant a unique look with the lanky Reddish. Morant, although, ended up scoring 10 factors in the closing quarter together with the go-ahead basket with 13.9 seconds to go. He wound up with a triple-double of 27 factors, 14 assists and 10 rebounds. 

“I thought [Grimes] did as good a job as you can possibly do [against Morant]. I thought Cam gave us really good minutes,” Thibodeau mentioned. “Between the two of them, I was really pleased with their defensive effort.” 

Cam Reddish scores during the Knicks' loss to the Grizzlies.
Cam Reddish scores throughout the Knicks’ loss to the Grizzlies.
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Quentin Grimes
Quentin Grimes
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Jalen Brunson was a game-time choice with a proper quad contusion he suffered late in Friday’s loss to the Trail Blazers, nevertheless it didn’t sluggish him down. He scored 30 factors in 36 minutes. He’s additionally dealing with a bruised proper wrist. 

“I mean, it’s just bumps and bruises over the course of the season,” he mentioned. “If I can walk, I can play.” 

Entering the sport in a deep taking pictures stoop, RJ Barrett was very aggressive, forcing his manner into the paint. All 10 of his first-half factors got here round the rim. He did hit two 3-pointers and completed with 22 factors, seven rebounds and 4 assists. 

“I think sometimes getting those easy buckets, where you’re not working quite as hard for shots, [is important],” Thibodeau mentioned. “Trust the pass. Move without the ball. Screen off the ball. I think when you do those things, oftentimes those are situations in which you get easy scoring opportunities.” 

Immanuel Quickley left the sport late in the third quarter with a sore proper knee and didn’t return. … Derrick Rose (proper toe) returned after lacking the final two video games and scored six factors in 12 minutes. … With extra wholesome our bodies, Thibodeau went 11-deep in the first quarter alone. Center Jericho Sims, regardless of his robust play of late, didn’t play. … The Grizzlies have been with out second-leading scorer Desmond Bane (toe) and wing Ziaire Williams (ankle). 

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