Quentin Grimes finally started his season for the Knicks, but it was a short stint in the closing minutes of Wednesday night, when he missed the first six games of the season with a leg pain.
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The second-year guard did not score in the final 4:38 of the fourth quarter of the Knicks’ 112–99 loss to the Hawks at the Garden.
Cam Radish remained in the team’s 10-man rotation for now, with Tom Thibodeau later stating that he just wanted to “let’s go”. [Grimes] Look where he is.”
Grimes has been confined since beginning training camp with leg pain caused by an injury during his 16-minute stint in his lone presidential appearance against Washington on October 14.
“I think it was over time, and they never felt right,” Thibodeau said. “It was at the beginning of the season, and our thought process was let’s fix that now, instead of doing something that lasts throughout the season.”
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Grimes, number 25-overall in the 2021 NBA Draft, averaged 6.0 points in 17.1 minutes in over 46 games as a rookie last season, and Thibodeau often played as a two-way player and as a rookie. He is praised for his ability. One of the team’s top perimeter defenders.
“Obviously he missed a lot of time. So he would be situational to start,” Thibodeau said. “So if your matchup is a guy outside of the dribble, he’s good at that. He is also very good at catching and shooting, locking up and chasing people, engaging. …he’s a fierce competitor, and we need that.”
Reddish’s previous NBA coach believes he may be a better fit with the Knicks than with the Hawks. The 23-year-old Reddish averaged 7.9 points and 18.2 minutes per game in each of the Knicks’ first seven games of the season.
Hawks coach Nate McMillan said of the Radish, “He’s got more opportunities this year.” “Cam has a lot of potential. He’s a winger who can play two and three, shoot the ball and defend the ball. I think he fits into the style of the game as far as defensively . He takes pride in defending and he takes up a challenge. I think Thebes likes people like that.”