With the first half coming to an end on Thursday evening against the Chicago Bulls, the New York Knicks stepped off the floor in disarray. After allowing 37 points in the first quarter and 32 points in the second quarter, Knicks’ forward Julius Randle and guard Evan Fournier were seen arguing as they walked off the floor in a heated exchange.
Both players suggested it was a form of communication, and that it benefited the team as a whole, coming out entirely different in the second half, mounting a 21 point comeback despite the loss.
â€œIt looks like weâ€™re arguing,â€ Randle said. â€œâ€¦. We went to the locker room (to) talk it out. We say regardless, at the end of the day weâ€™ve got each otherâ€™s back and weâ€™re in this together. Thatâ€™s important.
Competitive communication is a positive, and it clearly helped the Knicks score 32 points in the third quarter, holding Chicago to just 20.
â€œâ€¦. You can have differences. You can communicate and talk and say what you see on the court. But at the end of the day, weâ€™ve got to know that weâ€™re riding with each other regardless.
Randle finished the game with 30 points, despite missing several clutch free throws down the stretch and turning the ball over in the most important moment. With fatigue building and a lack of awareness, Randle helped blow a second consecutive game, something the Knicks simply cannot afford to do after fighting their way back in both contests against Brooklyn and Chicago.
However, it is good to see the players showing competitive spirit, as Fournier indicated communication like this needs to happen, as letting things boil can lead to bigger issues.
â€œI think the key was communicating,â€ Fournier said afterward. â€œI would rather have that than not saying anything and hold grudges and stuff. So, stuff like that happens all the time and Iâ€™m glad it happened, because we played much better in that third quarter.â€
The Knicks one will look ahead to the Denver Nuggets on Saturday afternoon at 1 PM. Denver has lost seven of their last eight games, recently falling to the Orlando Magic, arguably the worst team in basketball.
The Knicks have a fantastic opportunity to bounce back and get back on the win column after falling to .500 on the season.