The Knicks head to Miami for the second game of a home and away against the Miami Heat.
Throughout the season, Thibs has been particularly good at coming up with new schemes for the second game that the Knicks play against an opponent. We saw them lose to the Blazers and the Bulls in the first game and then beat the Blazers and the Bulls in the second game. In both instances, Thibs identified issues that the Knicks could exploit and they did so.
The Heat, though, also have a brilliant coach in terms of schemes in Erik Spoelstra. Spoelstra came up with some excellent schemes against the Knicks on Sunday, particularly making RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley look a bit lost (and it is the sort of scheme I imagine other teams will be trying, as well, although the Heat have better defensive personnel than most). However, even with all of that, the Knicks were right there in the Heat game.
The Heat have struggled mightily this season, although they’ve now won 3 of their last 5 games.
I think that the Knicks will have an easier time adjusting to the game on Sunday, so I think Thibs will come up with a way for his team to pull out a split tonight.
Derrick Rose won’t be joining the Knicks until Friday, and he’ll make his debut with the Knicks against one of the very worst teams in the NBA, the Washington Wizards, so that’ll be a nice way to get his return to the Knicks started. Wow, Derrick Rose IS going to make his Knick return tonight. That’s very surprising. This will be interesting.
Let’s go, get closer to .500, Knicks!
280 replies on “2020-21 Game Thread: Knicks @ Heat”
I don’t get how anyone could look at the Rose trade and think that the plan isn’t to have Rose work as Payton’s back-up so that the Knicks will always have a similar point on the court. That just seems to be a general thing that Thibs does.
Let’s cool the Heat!
According to Minnesota stats Rose played 60 games there starting 13 of them.
As Brian wrote a nice, interesting coaching duel tonight, let’s see who’ll adjust better.
Frank’s out for “Health and Safety Protocol” and Vorkunov just tweeted that Rose will be available to play…
Huh, yeah, Rose is a game-time decision. Seems hard to believe he’ll play, but it’d be interesting!
Apparently Rose is a go.
What a luxury for Thibs to choose between so many great pgs in our lineup!
Wow, I’m very surprised that Rose is already playing. Good for him, I guess, to want to get to it so quickly.
The accumulate a bunch of bad PGs tactic is an interesting gambit
Tom Thibodeau on newest Knicks PG Derrick Rose:
“Even when you back to the year he spent in NY he still averaged 18 points a game. He averaged 18 points a game in Minnesota. He averaged 18 points a game in Detroit. So he’s always been able to contribute.”
NY 31-51 (64 gm)
MIN 36-46 (51 gm)
DET 20-46 (50 gm)
(I don’t count his CLE-MIN split season, just as Thibs did, because he played only 25 combined games, averaging 8,4 PPG)
Those 18 PPG are really useful, bravo Thibs.
P.S. Rose could score 30 and lead us to a win in Miami, but we know how Rose played in New York, despite his 18 PPG… Pointzzz!
Let’s go Knicks!
The best show of the season:
The Fall and the Rise of Thibzzy Starbust and his Riders from Bars!
I am a bit less than fully optimistic that there is a victory in our very near future as fans of the New York Knickerbockers.
Well, there it is. If anyone had any hope that this team could even be considered barely competent our head coach is talking about PPG.
clyde towing the company line now….
That montage of Rose hitting 3s is a good example of “truth in advertising.”
What is these things that these people are wearing?
When the Heat blitz the P&R, the Knicks need to either split the double or flash to the foul line to get a 4 on 3. If done correctly, it should lead to a bunch of Mitch dunks.
Looks like the heat have two teams on the floor. This makes my face hurt.
These Miami jerseys suck on court.
RJ passed quickly out of double team twice … which was great … Randle throws one terrible pass and then takes a terrible shot the second time … they’re begging to be on their heels chasing, but no. We bail em out.
You beat me to it
get rose in there…we need offense
This feels like it might get ugly and stay ugly
Knicks start the game completely out of sync on offense.
The Knicks are getting iced by a bunch of sno-cones.
We can fix our bad perimeter shooting by inserting Derrick Rose
The Heat uniform is designed to distract. I’m surprised there aren’t sequins involved.
sweet block by mitch
RJ is being dominated by Butler.
Mitch’s defense was incredible. Stymied Adebayo, switched onto Nunn, kept Nunn from penetrating, then swatted his jumper.
Plays like that will get him paid.
***I feel like you’re trolling me.***
I just don’t get it. Isaac is recovering from injury, which could derail him, but at 22 he was already a very good player. I wouldn’t call him a bust, and if he comes back next year without lingering effects of his surgery, he could be a real game changer on any roster.
As for Bamba, it sounds like you are arguing that because the Magic are a bad franchise and haven’t played him much that he isn’t valuable, which is antithetical to your usual punditry. Bamba has been pretty good on a per-minute basis. In fact, per-36 he out scores, out rebounds, and out blocks Mitchell Robinson. He’s not on the cusp of greatness at the moment, but I don’t think it’s fair to call him a bust, even at the #6 pick. There aren’t a ton of names in that draft selected below him that are demonstrably better. By VORP and BPM he’s the #12 player in that draft (well ahead of fellow lottery picks Bagley, Carter, Knox, and Sexton), and by WS/48 he’s #6, right where he was taken. (He’s certainly not in Frank Ntilikina’s bust class, as you suggest).
Did anyone else just lose sound on the MSG feed?
The Kelly Olynyk game
Here he comes…
Here we go !
Never thought of Rose a guy who played with IQ
Maybe Woody whispered about the success of his accidental two point guard lineup
Only down 5?
From Quivers to Quose. It doesn’t work that way, either.
Even though Rose has no practice time with the Knicks, I assume he knows Thibs’ playbook. It still will take a while for Rose to develop chemistry with his teammates.
How many players have missed dunks against us!
I6M plays paint D too!
I won’t be able to watch the game for a while. Just looking at the boxscore though – 10 free throw attempts for the heat already doesn’t bode well.
Those traps by the Heat defense are very annoying.
Payton, for one, does not want to lose his job.
iggy’s functional strength even now is still ridiculous. foul yes but when was the last time you saw randle power dribble against a wing and get stood up?
Wonder if they can split them before they come together
Rose & company bring the Knicks back from the brink.
Noel is just more of a pest than Mitch. They do very similar things obviously but when they are playing a more stationary defense, Noel just has more active hands … there’s just more there … I want Mitch to be a pest too
DRose already upgrading the second unit says the eye!
So if Rose ONLY takes Rivers’ minutes, are we okay with this trade?
(‘Okay’ being a relative term, of course…)
the bench unit has played well so far
Rose to Obi And1!!
Rose to Obi-1 for the slam! Chemistry on day 1.
Rose setting up Toppin could be common place
As predicted, Rose has unlocked the Obi-One.
You all apologize to Derrick Rose right now lol.
Not to be understated, having Noel back in this game is a big deal.
Yeah, i’m OK with that
movin and groovin
I wonder if he and Payton would be paired in some sort of deal that netted Reddick.
Rose is showing how a penetrating PG deconstructs a trapping defense. Lots of easy baskets to start the 2Q.
Leave me out of that. 🙂
Well I’m going to state the obvious … Derrick Rose moves quicker and makes way better decisions than Austin Rivers. Bottom line
I’m starting to watch now, how are DRose’s Knicks doing? 😀
Did you hear Clyde’s drooling while saying Rose tonight?!!!!!
It’s a testament to how fucking bad the Knicks PG situation has been that Rose can step in and look like a savant…
Only play Rivers against Utah. And since we played them twice already, don’t play him at all.
He loves me he loves me not he loves me
I only have the Heat broadcast, clearly there’s Clyde&Breen and there’s the rest.
Knicks moving and grooving!
That’s enough extolling of the virtues of the rapist for me, turning it off.
Holy shit Rose is absolutely killing it right now.
Austin still a wonderful cheerleader
Obi Toppin was confident that Robinson could not check him one-on-one in the post.
He was right.
Derrick Rose is playing like he wants to vanquish Payton’s role, not Rivers’.
bench has 7 assists in 8 mins
Obi finally found someone he could post up
That was a fun shot from Obi but it’s not great he had to resort to it to post up Duncan Robinson
Is Rose good ?
Im not watching!
Rose hits his second three. Clyde says “It’s not that easy, folks.” I love him.
Obi takes on and crushes the mighty Duncan Robinson. Baby steps…
8 points, 2 3PM, 3 assists, and 1 steal is good basketball regardless of who’s playing.
From Ron LeFlore to Jayson Williams to Lenny Dykstra to Kobe Bryant, we compartmentalize the player from the person.
Rose still throwing those jump passes
Obi held his own against Butler on the perimeter.
i guess nobody told rose yet that noel doesn’t catch fastballs
Rose has thrown three jump-passes. That’s a no-no, even if two worked.
Brought the team back from down 10 to up 12. Yeah. He fit right in.
I’m honestly more shocked by how Miami’s offense has collapsed. It’s not like the defense has looked amazing or anything like that.
Thibs should run RJ at 3 for a few minutes
Quick can’t get into the paint against this team
Miami’s D got a lot better when Butler re-entered the game.
Nothing more annoying than building a double digit lead then immediately allowing a bunch of wide open 3pters.
Our first unit simply lacks shooters. There’s realistically not one good jump shooter out there
Big three by RJ!
This defense is embarrassing.
I’ll never understand one pass to sing for wide open 3
allowing olynyk to score 17 is embarrassing
Refs are pissing me off again.
Oh, that was a classic Payton drive to the hoop. Beautiful until he let go of the ball…
Well, to be fair, the Heat allowed Rose to score 10.
To state the obvious, you can’t stop Kelly Olynyk you can only hope to contain him.
I am not liking how bad RJ has looked at the basket. They’re pushing him around.
And 12 by Elfrid Payton.
When IQ joins the starters the first unit will be much better balanced.
The whining here is comical. We are watching a team projected by Vegas to have the worst record in the league going toe-to-toe with, regardless of their record, a really good team. Whatever our faults, we are a hard-nosed, overachieving, cohesive group.
Losing by Olynyk frustrates me as much as losing by Patterson
With a few adjustments such as getting 3 new starters we re easily contenders!!!
I agree that you have to be happy to be down just two at the half.
So it’s only one half, but I’m highly uncomfortable with not hating watching Rose. About the only thing I really didn’t like was it felt like Quick wasn’t getting the touches he normally gets. But against the Heat, who are just tough for a rookie, maybe that’s okay. As long as he gets the minutes…
Jimmy Butler is what we hope RJ Barrett becomes.
Kelly Olynyk is having himself a game. Knick bigs don’t play guys like him well. And it’s not just his offense. Olynyk has been playing smothering defense. He and Adebayo have pretty much shut out Mitch and Randle.
More ObiRose pnr please
Stop sending JButler to the line
Make Julius a coffee and
We re getting this W
RJ’s totally unprotected by the refs,
if Trae Young were so refereed he would die after two games…
For me the most surprising thing in Rose’s game was his defense on Duncan Robinson in the last play of the first quarter.
And he showed how to attack a swarming defense, penetrations and quick passes, every double team means someone’s free somewhere…
i would put it in the constructive criticism category…if you want real whining…we can go there…
I could only watch the first quarter. But it looks like Thibs idea of pairing Rose and Quickley was good. It prevented Miami from pressuring Quickley with a double team and the second unit had a great plus minus. I can’t complain about Rivers losing minutes.
Olynyk left open seems as by design but he’s not choking unfortunately…
Only just tuned in to see the last couple of minutes of the half. Judging by KB and Twitter Rose has been okayish? Box score wise it’s the same production we got from DSJ in the two seasons he was here, so looks like we have come out on top ha ha
olynk will come back down to earth in the 2nd half…
noel/rose vs taj/rivers…makes a difference…
I try to detach myself during games and only react to the basketball side, but I feel guilty every time I say a good thing about him…
pistons almost have 100 after 3 qtrs agains the nets…some bad dee there..
Pretty free-flowing start to the 3rd. Warms the heart to see an RJ to Mitch assist.
How did Mitch miss that?
Refs protection of Butler on his drives is comical.
He took a weird angle to the rim and Adebayo hit him in the arm
Love how hot the Knicks have opened the third.
Great block from Bullock, wow
I don’t get how a Knicks fan doesn’t enjoy watching this team playing its guts out…
Miami is getting away with a lot of fouls.
I sometimes get angry when you see blatant travels like that and wonder how they get missed, but then I remember it’s the NBA so *shrugs*
Thank You Thibs
Heat are so damn fast at recovering on D.
Good game, given how hard both teams are playing.
RJ will be very happy not to be playing against Jimmy Butler for a while after tonight
Breen seemed really choked up about Konchalski
Edit: Sounds like they were friends. Clyde gracious as always.
The Clyde and Breen Quotient, the percentage of which my Knicks fandom relates to those two, is at a new peak I think.
They are playing hard though
Damn, Breen getting emotional
Thibs has maskitis
Knicks defense tonight has been superb
It’s nice when the other team’s shooting from three reverting to the mean is a good thing.
Noel has small hands but they are very quick
Smart of Miami to go inside after so many bricks in a row. RJ, though, seems intent on shooting his way through it.
barrett is a ball hog or reluctant passer to often…mitch was pissed off earlier and just there on the break he should have passed
Detroit kicking Brooklyn’s ass!
heat are 8-28 on 2PA
RJ already way better than Butler… at threes.
That was Butler’s first of the season.
We’ll watch at least 72 playoff games this season!
How awesome is that?!
Interesting game — speaking of RJ he’s made a couple of unforced errors, but pretty much every other Knick has played really well. (RJ hasn’t been that bad, but everyone else has been tremendous.)
If RJ could bottle his self confidence I would definitely buy some
Amazing how good Noel’s hands are on D but they’re equally as bad on offense.
moving the ball well
Have we discussed how terrible the Heat uniforms are? I feel disoriented btetween those and the court.
Had three drinks, that might be the issue
I guess playing Rose over Rivers is a good idea? Did the Knicks suddenly get better?
Jerami Grant steamrolled the Durant-less Nets,
plus Harden and Jordan had a spat during a timeout about DAJ’s defense….
This is ridiculous, even the Heat announcers thought that was a loose ball foul on Adebayo not Randle.
I hate this refs…
“Ball don’t lie!” Julius Randle
Glad Bullock is validating my confidence in him after 1.5 yrs
Why doesn’t IQ just shoot it from three?
BTW, whoever had the Baghdad Bob comment about Wally, that was genius
Really hope the Knicks hold on to this lead, would be most satisfying win of the season.
Refs need a quick masturbation
shut up wally!
They hurt my eyes
I remember when Rasheed Wallace (as a Knick) got a T for yelling “Ball don’t lie” after a dubious foul call & missed free throw.
two of the refs have the same hairstyle
The drop off from Butler to Iguodala is huge.
We’re getting no respect from the refs
D has been spectacular tonight. Easy the most enjoyable team we have had to watch in a while, regardless of whether we end up in the lottery.
It’s nice to know that even when Noel gets his fourth foul, we can say oh, right, Mitch is on the bench…
The bloom is off the Rose
Not easy to win these guys
Something changed with the play calling. These stupid handoffs
Every time I see Tyler Herro I just want to punch him in his snot box. Especially when he’s playing against the Knicks.
That’s why signing Noel was such a big deal – probably the best off-season signing.
Heat haven’t hit a 3 in awhile I think … so
I love those Heat unis
The Heat is gonna win this game entirely on FTs the rest of this game.
Agree to disagree on the Unis
Are they going to blow this game?
Second half Rose has been more what I expected
I like this lineup
Just looked. Butler is +21. Iguodala is -18.
Quickly with 2 foot air ball
We are not taking high percentage shots … it’s dumb basketball
Or gonna lose on Tyler Herro long 2’s.
IQ having a horrific game
Herro’s J is pure
The unis are distinctive and scream Miami. Look at the generic shit our guys are wearing.
If he doesn’t bring Barrett back soon, thats disappointing
Talk about a war of fucking attrition. No one on either team can buy a bucket.
One team is 28 for 32 from FT line, the other is 12 for 16.
Gonna be tough to pull this out, they have Jimmy Butler and we don’t
Randle’s 4-15 isn’t helping
The Unis definitely have a Miami Vice feeling. I just feel like they are going to give me an aneurysm.
So is a tech on Julius
Although that was a terrible call. He was right.
“I don’t want the ball. You take it.” “I don’t want it. You take it!” “No, you!”
Really some of the worst refereeing of the season
Randle believes it is the team’s best interest for him to dribble up the court…he is sadly mistaken
Duncan Robinson has been oddly invisible tonight.
This is maddening
Thank you, Elf, for that offensive board!
Payton is so bad
We need Houston and Spree, they’d know how to finish off the Heat.
Refs should gofuck themselves
Such a hard-fought defensive game
Generally speaking, so goes Elfrid Payton, go goes the Knicks. And luckily, right now, he is going.
are those two young refs …like trainees?
Man if we are relying on Payton to make shots, we might be a bit cooked here….
I said upthread that everyone on the Knicks (sans RJ) was playing really well. I would like to take that back now. However, they are all still playing really, really hard.
Calling this a rock fight would be insulting to the accuracy of rocks.
Get Mitch out of there.
Great drive from RJ. Way to go right
3 most fearful words in the 4th quarter:
Payton for 3??!!
These shots are so ugly from both teams.
And that’s why Payton … is Payton
My eyes hurt watching this lol.
Elf got it done there.
Mitch’s finishing around the hoop is just bizarre this year
payton ripping that ball out of butler’s hands is going right on linkedin
mitch is discombobulated around the hoop…too much…
Goofball. Gather and dunk , bro!
Good box out from RJ
Our all star coming up short here
Julius bricks a flat 15 footer and Herro sinks a leaning pull-up 3.
Why can’t we have players that can shoot? I just do not understand
Herro musta got a pep talk from Mr. Miyagi
now…shouldn’t burks be out there given he can make 3s?
You cannot draw up a more in rhythm 2 point shot. Guy probably hits 1,000s of them a week
It’s a make or brick league
What the hell
That was so fucking ugly
Fuck you Julius
julius is no bueno
damnit. like the lineup move.
These refs have been horrific
Olynyk mauled Mitch just ridiculous
we had 3 shooters out there…and that bonehead goes one on one
We are not an iso team for phucks sake run a play … pass the ball
Having a team decent enough where you care if they win or lose sometimes sucks lol.
Can’t believe we lose this game.
Come on we don’t have stars. Share the ball!
Breen apoplectic over the refs all fourth quarter.
I’m dreading to see what shot they come up with…
I call this a Quickley drive in the lane trying to draw a foul.
ok..thibs…draw it up…um…iso for julius at the top of the key..
I smell 5’secondns or terrible inbounds
Yeah, I have no idea what’s going on with him. He hasn’t been exactly bad, he’s still shooting 69%, but he’s missed 8 dunks and 25/64 on layups.
Was thinking the same
It was a good shot, it just…well, you know.
I can live with it for now
Ugggh! I wanted IQ but RJ was as good a choice. He just blew the layup. Tough loss. But the Knicks can play with the Heat.
Where the fuck is the call on RJ on that drive?
Can’t argue with the look. Refs were not out friend tonight.
That’s where RJ has to take it to the rim and get a foul call
Good look, better defense. Keep ya head up kid.
Some nights every call goes the wrong way. The refs were very bad.
It was an extremely well contested layup by one of the best defenders in the league. He had to go up high. A little too much juice. Take that look all day
good play, good job dragging bam out of the paint. got rj going to his strong hand. 95pct of the time you get worse looks than that there.
To beat this kind of officiating you need to be close to perfect on offense… and we’re not
I’m disgusted by the refs.
Horrible shooting night for Quickley, Randle and Barrett (how the fuck did you miss that last shot kid? Yes, you’re fouled but…)
Nice game for Payton and good first half by Rose.
Very good defense and they never give up, it’s a very rootable team but it’s time to start to work on offense…
That was a nice play by RJ against a tough defender. Too bad he missed.
I don’t care to look but I think our all star missed nearly every shot he took in the 4th
I’m old enough to remember when the Knicks always won close games against the Heat.
just happy that it wasn’t a randle falling out of bounds fadeaway…progress…
The finishing squad needs refurbishment
It’s like praying for every last 2min possession to be decent
Proud for the team but…
Finishers should be worked a bit
But all he had to do was hit one of the other bricks he heaved up tonight …. maybe he was finally due !
New York 16
Fuck the refs
Julius may give the 1st violin to DRose and backpedal a bit psychologically
He seemed like an A male that don’t really enjoy to be the A male tonight
Otoh Heat are Not an easy team to beat so let’s not overreacting…
Having a chance against them in both games was pretty cool and showed many things about this team’s mentality
I’m liking it so far!
Thibs just called out the refs without calling out the refs. “I’ve got to see the film. I’ll leave it at that.”
I could live with the minutes distribution Thibs used tonight…
also nice to not have to watch austin rivers play…
Well at least Obi outplayed Hali tonight….oh wait…
I watched Haliburton score 12 easy points in the flow in the second quarter with a nice block and various excellent defensive plays, and turned it off before the half.
I thought Obi played relatively well today. Another year and a half and he’ll be a solid rotation player.
I don’t know. Even though he scored on the play, watching him back down Duncan Robinson didn’t leave me with a whole lot of confidence.
That was a good game. It wasn’t the outcome I was hoping for, but it was a good game.
Jimmy Butler is going to be RJ’s right-of-passage NBA experience. He needs to get to the point when/where he can outplay him. I enjoyed that shove from RJ that sent Butler flying past the basket. I wonder what Jimmy was saying to RJ while they were standing together waiting for free throws. A play or two before the foul shots Jimmy had played excellent defense on one of RJ’s drives. When they were standing there together, it seemed like he was encouraging him to keep going to the rim. RJ didn’t say a thing.
Those Miami Heat uniforms are absolutely diabolical. You fade up from the bottom to the top. No one is supposed to fade from side to side. That’s just evil. It’s like some type of visual competitive edge. It’s very similar to that weird field at Boise State.
So, I was listening to Kids Place Live in the car (because, you know, that’s what I choose to listen to in the car, not because that’s what my bosses MAKE me listen to), and the Vanilla Ice song Ninja Rap comes on, and I’m like “what the fuck, Jesse James, you totally ripped your “Go New York Go New York Go” song off of this!”. I mean, he changed “ninja” to “New York” and I supposed he changed a few names like “Leonardo” to “Ewing” and “Raphael” to “Mason”, But, come on dude. Was there a rule in the early 90s that white rappers could only use the ONE two three one two three FOUR beat? Cause that sucks, and the anthem of my youth has been officially ruined…