Knicks ‘no longer confident’ amid fourth-quarter crisis

Which came first: did the Knicks 4th quarter come from hell or their lack of confidence during those 4th quarters?

Either way, the trouble trend is playing a major role in sinking their knockout hopes as time runs out in their season.

The Knicks’ fourth-quarter struggles rebuilt their ugly head on Sunday against the 76ers, as they entered the final 12 minutes with two points earlier. lose 125-109. Tom Thibodeau’s team even took the lead early in the fourth quarter and then fell to 106-105 with seven minutes remaining, picking up just four points for the rest of the run.

Protector Evan Fournier said: “Our companionship in the long run is not good enough. “I mean we are not bound enough together. Like I said, we don’t have confidence so sometimes we guess young. It has to be second nature – boom, boom, boom, this is what we’re doing. As long as we don’t do that, it will be difficult to end the game with good teams.

“It keeps happening and it’s very upsetting.”

Evan Fournier (right) admitted the Knicks were ‘not confident’ in the fourth round.
Jesse D. Garrabrant

In their last 10 games, the Knicks have been trailing 289-206 in the fourth quarter. They are shooting 33 percent, including 20.7 percent from the deep, with 37 spins that fourth quarter, while opponents shoot 44.9 percent.

The numbers are even worse in the last five games – all lost despite holding a double-digit lead in four of them. The Knicks were 153-83 ahead in the fourth quarter of those five games, shooting 26.1 percent and 11.9 percent from the deep with 21 spins while opponents shot 46.3 percent.

The Knicks’ net rating (estimated difference per 100 possessions) in the fourth quarter of their last 10 games is -34.9 – the last in the NBA, most recently the Rockets (-21.4) . Their fourth-quarter offensive rating (estimated score per 100 possessions) for that period was 85.5, much lower than the next closest team, the Trail Blazers (100).

“I feel like we’re in a position right now where, when we’re down two or three, the teams start racing, like, ‘Oh s-t,’,” said Fournier. “Perhaps just a good win will help us more, confidence will help more.”

Having a veteran point guard to take on the offensive late in the games – and so instill some of that conviction in times of crisis – would also be helpful.

Evan Fournier
Evan Fournier
Charles Wenzelberg

The Knicks, who are 1-6 in the last seven games decided by 10 points or less, think they will bring Derrick Rose back from the All-Star break to lead the chase for the play-in tournament. . To replace he was further disqualified by a second procedure on his surgically repaired ankle.

Rose’s absence was felt, especially late in the game. The Knicks’ offensive stats for the fourth quarter before his injury were 4th best in the NBA with 115 (over 29 games, of which Rose played 26). In the 32 games since, their 4th quarter offensive stat was 101.4, the last dead in the league during that period.

When asked about the Knicks’ lack of a point guard that really hurts for offense, Fournier noted that while they would like more ball handlers, he doesn’t think that’s an issue because they usually play well offensively before the finals. 12 minutes of a game.

But the fourth quadrant is a different beast.

“I think the experience, especially when you have someone to lead, control and manage the game – the quadrant is different,” Thibodeau said. “The intensity of the fourth quarter was variable. Decision making is different. When you have an experienced man in that position, I think you can control things a lot better. So we are working on it. We have to do better than it. “ Knicks ‘no longer confident’ amid fourth-quarter crisis


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