Trae Young’s newest Broadway present was a flop.
Attempting to play up his villain standing Wednesday at MSG, Young wore sneakers in Knicks colours with the next message stitched into the again: “King Of Broadway.”
It was a daring assertion however Young didn’t again it up towards the Knicks, who used Quentin Grimes to frustrate the Hawks level guard in New York’s dominating 113-89 victory.
Julius Randle represented the offensive hero with 34 factors and 17 rebounds, however Grimes was the two-way standout and catalyst to the Knicks’ finest two-game stretch of the season (Grimes additionally locked down Donovan Mitchell in Sunday’s win over the Cavs).
“Yeah I do [like the challenge of guarding the opposing team’s best perimeter player],” Grimes stated. “I like making it hard for somebody to score on me, just look at it as a personal challenge, more of a pride thing. So I feel like I can take on the challenge of whoever it is really.”
With Grimes as his shadow and the Knicks plugging driving lanes, Young produced simply 19 factors with 4 turnovers in half-hour. He struggled with out his two finest teammates out there attributable to accidents – Dejounte Murray and John Collins – because the Knicks (12-13) held an opponent to below 90 factors for a second straight recreation.
Grimes not solely stifled Young, he outscored the All-Star with 23 factors on 8-of-11 taking pictures.
The Knicks continued to make use of a nine-man rotation, with Derrick Rose and Cam Reddish logging second straight DNPs.
It means extra time for Grimes and a gradual position for Miles McBride, who logged a season-high 27 minutes Wednesday.
“I’m taking it head-on. I’m not scared of any opportunity,” McBride stated. “I’m gonna attack each challenge like I always have.”
With his new rotation, Tom Thibodeau, who carries a repute of leaning too exhausting on veterans, isn’t enjoying anyone over 28 years outdated.
The tinker has been a convincing success via two video games however the coach isn’t able to shout ‘Eureka.’
“I don’t think you ever have it all figured out,” he stated.
Young, who famously took a Broadway Bow at MSG’s middle courtroom after eliminating the Knicks within the 2021 playoffs, was largely ignored by the Garden crowd.
There have been occasional boos however neither chants nor expletives. MSG has been extra subdued and fewer enthusiastic this season because the group searches for identification.
Plus, Young gave them little cause to hate on Wednesday.
Obi Toppin left the sport with a sore proper knee. Thibodeau stated he’s considering of enjoying RJ Barrett because the backup energy ahead if Toppin is out for an prolonged interval …The Knicks benefitted from Atlanta’s misfortune. Early within the first quarter, Murray sprained his ankle by touchdown on Barrett’s foot. Murray, who torched the Knicks within the earlier matchup at MSG, performed simply 4 minutes Wednesday. Barrett was assessed a flagrant foul for crowding Murray’s touchdown area.