Tom Thibodeau on Knicks falling flat vs. Bucks: 'They pretty much got everything they wanted'

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
Alex Smith
·2 min read
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
Julius Randle contested at rim vs. Bucks
Julius Randle contested at rim vs. Bucks

The Knicks entered the second half of their season schedule with plenty of optimism after heading into the All-Star break as the Eastern Conference's fifth seed with a 19-18 record.

But Thursday's 134-101 loss to the Bucks in Milwaukee was certainly not the way that Tom Thibodeau and the Knicks were hoping to get things started following the time off.

"Obviously disappointed with the result," Thibodeau said after the game. "We’ve got to get in tomorrow, take a look at the film, make our corrections and be ready to go for the next one."

Led by Giannis Antetokounmpo's triple-double, the Bucks outplayed the Knicks in almost every facet of the game, outscoring New York 52-32 in the paint while holding a 19-1 advantage in fast-break points.

"They’re a heck of an offensive team. So any time you commit to one specific area, you put two on to somebody, you’re going to be vulnerable in other areas," Thibodeau said. "But you shouldn’t give up everything. And that’s what we ended up doing.

"So we didn’t take care of the transition, we didn’t take care of the paint, we didn’t take care of covering the line, and then we didn’t finish our defense with rebounding well. They pretty much got everything they wanted. Against a team like that you’re not going to win. You can’t do it for stretches of the game. You have to do it start to finish. So we have to learn from it."

Perhaps the most surprising element of the Knicks' loss on Thursday was Julius Randle's subpar effort. After averaging career-best numbers in the first half of the season and earning an All-Star nod, Randle struggled to the tune of seven points (3-of-12 shooting), eight rebounds and six assists.

After the game, Randle was critical of his own play, though he said it's not the first time he's started the second half of the season sluggishly.

"I tried to spray the ball around and make reads. I missed a couple of shots, layups, stuff I make forever, but I’m not too worried, man," Randle said. "From what I remember, last couple of years, first game out of the break, I don’t know why, I’m always s----y. I’ll get right back to it."

The Knicks will look to rebound on Saturday afternoon, when they continue their road trip in Oklahoma City with a 2:00 p.m. tipoff against the Thunder.