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    Oklahoma City Thunder Game Thread: New York Knicks @ Oklahoma City Thunder 3/13/2021 2:00 pm [Game #39]





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    Injury Report

    New York Knicks Oklahoma City Thunder
    Mitchell Robinson - Right hand surgery (OUT) Shai Gilgeous-Alexander - Quad contusion (OUT)
    Elfrid Payton - Strained right hamstring (QUEST) Darius Bazley - Left shoulder contusion (QUEST)
    Immanuel Quickley - Sore groin (QUEST) (OUT) Darius Miller - Illness (OUT)
    Austin Rivers - Birth of child (NWT) George Hill - Thumb injury (OUT)
    Derrick Rose - Medical protocols (OUT) Trevor Ariza - Personal reasons (OUT)


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    Since joining the New York Knicks in early February, Derrick Rose has been a big piece of the Knicks' success.

    Without Rose recently, New York has struggled badly, going 1-2 with blowout losses to San Antonio and Milwaukee, the latter Thursday night in the Knicks' return from the All-Star break.

    Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau wasn't sure Friday whether Rose, who hasn't played since Feb. 28 due to COVID-19 protocols, would be able to return for Saturday's game against the host Oklahoma City Thunder.

    Either way, the Knicks are searching for better play at the point-guard spot.

    "Of course, we miss Derrick, but right now we got to fight with what we got," Taj Gibson said. "We have to hold down the fort."

    Elfrid Payton and Immanuel Quickley have shared the point guard duties in Rose's absence. They combined to go 7 of 24 from the field in Thursday's 134-101 loss.

    The Knicks were 7-3 with Rose in the lineup, coming off the bench in all but three of those games.

    "He's missed for sure," Julius Randle said of Rose. "His presence and what he brings to the team is huge for us. Whether he's starting or coming off the bench, he gets us going, playing fast. Whatever it is, we miss his presence. It's tough, but other guys have to step in and step up."

    Rose wasn't with the Knicks in their first meeting with the Thunder this season, a 101-89 Thunder win on Jan. 8 in New York. Hamidou Diallo played a big role in that game off the bench for the Thunder, finishing with 23 points and 11 rebounds while Shai Gilgeous-Alexander posted 25 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.

    But Diallo's days in Oklahoma City appear done.

    ESPN reported Friday that Diallo had been traded to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for forward Svi Mykhailiuk and a 2027 second-round pick.

    Rookie Aleksej Pokusevski didn't play a major factor in that game but could Saturday.

    In Thursday's 116-108 win over Dallas, Pokusevski played for the Thunder for the first time in more than a month, making his first start and playing a season-high 30 minutes in his return from the G League bubble.

    The 7-foot, 190-pound Pokusevski had 14 points on 4-of-11 shooting, with eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two turnovers.

    "I thought offensively tonight he looked like a guy that had played in NBA games before," Oklahoma City coach Mark Daigneault said after the win. "He just let the game come to him. I thought the shots he took were great shots. He took them in rhythm. The passing, it was simple, but it was really effective."

    Thunder point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander said Pokusevski's time in the G League made a big difference.

    "Poku is so much more comfortable on the court," Gilgeous-Alexander said. "You can tell. I think going to the G (League) really helped him. His confidence is higher. He's making the right plays in the right spots."

    Oklahoma City has won two consecutive games and four of its last six.

    --Field Level Media

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    Knicks trying to grind one out this afternoon. Trailed by as many as 11 in the 1st quarter. Knicks have since taken over and lead by 8 late in the 3rd quarter.

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    Randle with 19 points, 10 boards, and 10 assists with still 8 minutes to play. TRIPLE DOUBLE!

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    First time in over 30 years that a Knick has had two triple doubles in a season. Most recent was Mark Jackson.

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    RJ with 25 points. Quickley and Randle both with 21 points. Knicks lead by 15 with 6 minutes to go.

    Great bounce back game for us so far.

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    Turns out to be a great win! 106-89 Knicks with there 4 minutes to go


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    RJ is developing into a really good player. Yep people forget heís just 20. Literally still a baby

    One thing very apparent in the afternoon game. Knits offers the team essentially NOTHING. The defense is out the window, the mythical +/- is out the window, the night and day eye test difference between he and IQ is galactic

    PLEASE TRADE HIM BEFORE HE GETS HURT AGAIN!!!

    Knicks get a win today but our schedule will be tough going forward

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    RJ with a career high 32 points!

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    RJ with 32, in a must win.... great game!!!

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    Randle, RJ, and Quickley played like a true big 3 today. It wonít happen every game, but exciting to watch today.

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    Itís baby steps. We are beginning to see that we are a team that consistently beats the ďlesserĒ opponents but still struggle against the good teams, when they are healthy and playing well. This is understandable....

    But, if we are to have a future, our core has to be consistently better against inferior rosters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mafra View Post
    Itís baby steps. We are beginning to see that we are a team that consistently beats the ďlesserĒ opponents but still struggle against the good teams, when they are healthy and playing well. This is understandable....

    But, if we are to have a future, our core has to be consistently better against inferior rosters.
    I still canít figure out why Thibs wonít start IQ. One thing the kid needs to get better at is distributing the basketball. He canít do this being the lead guard off the bench whoís relied on for scoring

    If he starts with Randle and RJ with Bullock as an outlet heíll automatically by default become a better passer and get assists

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    I agree. I donít understand our infatuation with Frank at PG. dude ainít a PG. heís a 3-&-D dude. Let IQ run point and start Frank instead of Bullock.

    IQ
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    26 points, 12 assists and 12 rebounds. It was the second triple-double of the season for Julius, the first Knick to record multiple triple-doubles in a season since Mark Jackson.

    Man goes from Bobby Portis to Jukic overnight.

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    Without Shai Gilgeous-Alexander the OKC Thunder will have a hard time winning 30 games this season.
    Easy Knick Win !!!

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