Knicks’ Quentin Grimes has career game against Mavericks

Quentin Grimes, New York Knicks
Dec 27, 2022; Dallas, Texas, USA; New York Knicks guard Quentin Grimes (6) looks to score as Dallas Mavericks center Dwight Powell (7) and Dallas Mavericks forward Christian Wood (35) defend during the second quarter at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks shooting guard Quentin Grimes had the best game of his young career, scoring a career-high 33 points, shooting 7-16 from beyond the arc, and recording six rebounds and four assists on Tuesday against the Mavericks.

Despite this career game from the second-year wing out of Houston, the Knicks fell to the Mavericks 126-121 in overtime after blowing a nine-point lead in the last 33 seconds of regulation.

However, despite the current slide the Knicks are on, Grimes’ recent performance is a sign that he is beginning to break out in a big way, which would be massive for the Knicks going forward.

The Knicks are getting tremendous value from Quentin Grimes

With Tuesday’s performance, Grimes has now made at least two three-pointers in four consecutive games. He continues to showcase his elite shooting ability, especially from outside the arc, which has been huge for a Knicks team that ranks just 25th in three-point percentage.

Grimes has also scored in double figures in three of his last four games, using his trademark marksman shooting to help generate instant offense for the Knicks.

Grimes’ 121.0 offensive rating is third best on the Knicks and is the best amongst guards or forwards on the team. He is one of the Knicks’ most impactful players on the offensive end, thanks in large part to his confident shooting from long distance.

Grimes has also become an improved playmaker with the ball. On Tuesday, he recorded four assists after having six in the previous game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Over his last five games, Grimes is averaging about four assists per game while averaging a little over two per game overall this season. Evidently, this demonstrates a massive improvement for him in an area that is essential to floor spacing and ball movement.

Grimes has made some of his best passes near the basket, drawing defenders with his speed on the drive and quickly dishing the ball inside to bigs down low.

With Grimes’ becoming more impactful offensively by the day and his intensity on the defensive side of the ball still being impressive, he is becoming a serious, versatile wing threat that can help the Knicks win more games as he continues to improve.

Grimes will look to continue to impress with his improved skillset when the Knicks take on the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday.

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