Wednesday night itself meant nothing. This result will not affect the Knicks record or play any role in their season.
Good luck telling Tom Thibodeau about this. He thought of more than that, played the game early, annoyed the referees, lived and died in every game, and listened to his players in defenseless things.
“Everything is important to me – everything we do,” he said later. “For us, it’s the organization we’re building right now. We want to set it up. Our fight goes on every day and I love the fight in our guys.”
The Knicks ’demanding, tough coach certainly acted that way. Without an observer calendar, it would be impossible to follow the hosts coach and know that it was a basketball game in mid-October. Thibaut’s players followed his path, stepping up the game and pushing the ball next to the pistons, 108-100, 3-0 before the season, and 6-1 under Thibodeau’s control.
“I don’t want to relax, I want to play,” Derrick Rose said. “I want to keep my rhythm. I’m used to having the ball in my hands.
In the final minutes, star striker Julie Randle pigeons for an empty ball. The Tibo coach won with difficulty. Most teams don’t act like that before the season, they prefer to rest their stars and give young players a game experience.
It’s clear the Knicks will react differently to these games, even as Thibaut rested his starting guard Kemba Walker on Wednesday. He made his debut in the middle of the fourth quarter, after playing most of the third, and included Randle, who had a few kneeling on his left knee and was wrapped up at one point in the game. Four of his top five played at least 31 minutes.
With 29 points, 11 rebounds and five assists in 33 minutes, Randle said: “Every game is focused on the real thing. we weren’t in a big rhythm and we had to understand that. So this is a good test for us to prepare for the spiritual season. ”
That doesn’t mean Wednesday night went according to plan. Tibodo didn’t like the Knicks’ defense in the first half. They spent three-quarters of the opening on the majority. Thibaut then went on to talk about the intensity difference from the pre-season to the playoffs and how far his team still has to go. He had to go back to his starters to pull off the win.
“We can’t think we’re ready,” Thibaut said. “It’s important to be honest with ourselves, to watch the movie, to understand why we won or why we lost, and to focus on that improvement every day.”
It’s a similar approach, when the Knicks finished fourth in the Eastern Conference in the playoffs last year. They got there mainly on the basis of diligence and perseverance, defending at night and using force on their opponent. Nothing has changed. Thibaut has repeatedly said he needs to start from scratch this year, just as he didn’t have success last year, and he works the same way. His players expected it.
“Tibes is a different person. He gives us the best, and we give him the best every night,” Randle said. “Tibbs are really different. But that’s why we have a culture and how we play every night, who we are. ”