The change at degree guard was one in every of many few points that went correct Friday night for the Knicks.
Derrick Rose made his first postseason start since 2015 — altering Elfrid Payton — and scored a team-high 30 elements inside the Knicks’ 105-94 loss to the Hawks in Recreation 3 in Atlanta.
Rose, who said he was educated of the change at Friday’s morning walk-through, grew to grow to be the first Knicks guard to realize 30 or further elements in a playoff sport since Stephon Marbury in 2004.
“The factor is he’s been enjoying principally starters’ minutes for some time. The large factor was attempting to get off on begin, particularly on the highway,” Tom Thibodeau said in explaining the long-debated change. “However then we had an issue within the second quarter. So we’ve to try that.”
Rose and Taj Gibson, Thibodeau’s totally different longtime trusted lieutenant with every Chicago and Minnesota, moreover moved into the start lineup after the veteran duo opened the second half and helped lead the Knicks once more from a 13-point halftime deficit two nights earlier of their series-evening Recreation 2 victory on the Backyard,
Thibodeau went all in and finally benched Payton, his begin line guard, if in title only for plenty of weeks.
Payton had started each of the sooner 65 video video games via which he had appeared this season, along with the first two video video games of the sequence, nevertheless “starter” under no circumstances has been a sillier designation after he carried out merely eight minutes and 5 minutes, respectively, inside the first two video video games of the sequence, and by no means in Recreation 3.
Throughout the sport, Payton’s mother, Danielle, posted on her Twitter account (@DannieP19) a retweet of the Knicks’ official starting lineup tweet with the reply, “How that labored out for you! #ProudMama”
Barely an hour sooner than the lineup changes had been revealed, merely ahead of Friday’s tipoff, Thibodeau had carried out coy with the media, saying he was “nonetheless undecided” and nonetheless “considering issues over” based on “what provides us our greatest probability to win.”
Rose accomplished 13-for-21 from the bottom with 5 assists, making virtually as many images as Julius Randle, RJ Barrett and the rest of his bricklaying teammates combined (16-for-60).
Rose, the 32-year-old former NBA MVP, had scored a team-high 26 elements, along with two key 3-pointers inside the second-half rally in Recreation 2.
The Brooklyn-bred Gibson has been splitting time with starter Nerlens Noel at center since Mitchell Robinson underwent foot surgical process in March in his fourth sport after moreover missing time following hand surgical process.
Noel was hobbled by an ankle injury inside the sequence opener, and he accomplished with solely two elements, 5 rebounds and 0 blocked images in 17 minutes in Recreation 2. However he gutted out Friday’s sport and acquired to the free-throw line 12 situations, making 10 to finish with 12 elements in 22 minutes off the bench.
“I assumed we began the sport good. Doesn’t matter whoever we’ve on the court docket, that’s who it’s,” Barrett said. “We acquired to go together with that and belief one another and execute.”