"Jalen Brunson and Tom Thibodeau Outwork the Miami Heat: Knicks Stretch Playoff Run to Second Round"
The New York Knicks put on a show in their recent series against the Miami Heat and head coach Tom Thibodeau was the center of attention after guiding his team to a must-win Game 5. The veteran coach is at the heart of the team's resurgence this season and he has been singing the praises of guards Jalen Brunson and Quentin Grimes, who played every second of the game.
On the character of these players, Thibodeau said: "The thing about our team, we have a bunch of gym rats. So I know, you give them an off day, they're in there all day. They're going to lift, shoot, watch film, so I know that's who they are."
Though the Knicks ultimately lost the Eastern Conference semifinals series to the Heat, Brunson has proven to be a crucial part of the team's recent success. During this post-season he put up career highs in points (24.0) and assists (6.2), shooting almost 42% from 3. Reflecting on this, Thibodeau said: "It's been amazing ... everyone wants to win here, so we all have that in common."
The Knicks will look to build on this success and make more noise in the future and they have the pieces to make it happen. With Brunson and the rest of the team's core, they'll look to make a deep run in the postseason and prove that they're no longer a pushover in the Eastern Conference.