Ivan Fournier has scored more than 15 points in six games this season – including two of the last three – and the Knicks haven’t lost any of them.
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Keeping his $78 million opening shooting guard consistently productive will be a key for the Knicks during a difficult stretch of the game that continues at home against the Suns on Friday.
Fournier scored 26 points, including 6-for-9, from a 3-point range in Tuesday’s win against the Lakers.
“I thought Ivan was great. I thought it was too big for us,” said Tom Thibodeau. “He didn’t hesitate. I thought they did a good job of finding him quickly and then he knocked them down. He got into a good rhythm.”
Fournier had also buried five 3-seconds and scored 19 points in Saturday night’s win over Houston, but missed six of seven field-goal attempts and could only manage three points in a loss in Chicago a night later. .
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Still, he kept firing against the Lakers, making three opening shots from long distance, on his way to becoming the first Knicks player to record at least two games for more than 25 points and at least six on the team’s first 20. made 3-pointers. Sport since Danilo Gallinari in 2009.
“Just taking what the defense gives him,” Julius Randall said of Fournier. “He’s looking for a place to run the floor really well. … He’s just looking for space to provide for himself.
“From my point of view, he’s making himself available in the double team, and we’re looking for him. He’s a great player. He’s a really good player, he’s been playing for a really long time. He’s really Can shoot the ball, so we have to take advantage of that.”
Thibodeau offered a minor update on three players who were ruled out of Tuesday’s game due to injuries – Mitchell Robinson (concussion), Derrick Rose (ankle) and Taj Gibson (groin) – but did not say whether they would be expected to play against Phoenix on Friday. expected to play.
,[Robinson’s] Having gone through all the protocols, he is making progress. So if he comes out clean, he will be gone,” Thibodeau said. “There’s a progression in it, so he’s going through each stage, and he still has a lot to do before it clears up.”
On Rose and Gibson, Thibodeau said: “They’re doing a little too much, but they’re still day-to-day. They haven’t gone through regular exercise.”