In a game where nearly everybody for the New York Knicks played well, Quentin Grimes had an incredibly efficient night in their 140-110 blowout victory over the Detroit Pistons, shutting down Knicks fans’ worries that spurt from his previous struggles.
Grimes had 16 points and shot 6-7, including 3-4 from 3, and owned a team-high plus/minus of +37 in nearly 28 minutes in the victory on Tuesday.
Prior to this game, which was Grimes’ sixth start of the season, he had shot just 3-18 from beyond the arc in his previous five starts, which had many fans reasonably worried that Grimes’ shooting was going to enter a harsh regression.
However, this game against Detroit proved why it was premature to worry about his shooting after just five games coming off of a foot injury that had him sidelined for a large portion of the new season.
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Quentin Grimes was a key component to the Knicks’ blowout victory
Grimes displayed up-tempo pace and high confidence with his jumper, which helped set the tone on a night where New York shot a tremendous 45.7% from 3, which is the team’s best mark from long range in a single game so far this season.
He looked much more comfortable on Tuesday than he did in previous games, as he’s been able to adapt to his new starting role, which helped him get into a rhythm and knock down long-range jumpers.
Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau spoke briefly about Grimes’ rhythm on Tuesday night and also dove into how many key pieces played a huge role in the all-around dazzling performance.
“I think [Grimes] is starting to find his rhythm offensively. We had really good contributions from a number of different people”, Thibodeau said. “[Immanuel Quickley] and Derrick [Rose] came in, they did a great job. Cam [Reddish] came in, he did a really good job. [Mitchell Robinson] was terrific, putting pressure on the rim. Isaiah [Hartenstein] came in, gave us good minutes, Obi [Toppin] got going. A lot of guys doing good things together.Tom Thibodeau via MSG Network
Grimes seemed to be in great shape on Tuesday, which is a great sign for the Knicks, as they appear to use Grimes as the primary shooting guard moving forward.
Grimes and the Knicks head right back into action on Wednesday night in the second half of a back-to-back against the 14-5 Milwaukee Bucks back home at Madison Square Garden.
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