The New York Knicks couldn’t handle business on their home court against the Celtics and now face a challenging three-game road trip. To close out October, New York will visit Atlanta, New Orleans, and Cleveland before quickly returning to the Garden to host the Cavaliers in the Knicks’ first back-to-back of the season.
As ugly as the 108-104 loss was on Wednesday, it’s a miracle New York lost by only four. Not only did the team miss 12 free throws, but Jalen Brunson and Julius Randle shot a combined 11-of-43 from the field. The game came down to the wire, and a Kristaps Porzingis dagger three-pointer sealed the deal for Boston.
It’s too early to panic as there are still 81 regular season games left, but there’s a lot that the Knicks need to fix if they don’t want to start 2023-24 in an even deeper hole.
3 adjustments Knicks must make during upcoming three-game road trip
3: Quentin Grimes needs more touches
Quentin Grimes looked confident and at ease on Wednesday in his second year as a starter. He finished with 11 points in 23 minutes, shooting 4-of-7 from the field and 3-of-6 from three.
Tom Thibodeau needs to emphasize giving Grimes more touches on offense, and his teammates need to give him the ball when he’s wide open in the corner.
Good things happen when Grimes gets an open look in the corner, and he came up clutch late in the fourth quarter.
He isn’t just a spot-up shooter, either. He can drive and get crafty with his finishes at the rim or drive and kick it out to one of his open teammates.
Grimes is a tough defender who’s typically tasked with guarding the opposing team’s best player, but he needs to be more involved on the offensive end, especially on a night when players like Brunson and Randle can’t get much going.