Knicks’ loss to Boston Celtics highlighted this need

NEW YORK – It was a lighthearted moment in Tom Thibodeau’s pregame press conference Saturday, but one that reflected the Knicks’ current reality.

When asked about injuries – which his team has suffered plenty of lately – and whether there were any updates Thibodeau said it was “normal stuff.”

OG Anunoby. Out.

Julius Randle. Out.

Mitchell Robinson. Out.

“Starting frontline, out,” Thibodeau said.

That’s normal for the Knicks these days.

Soon after, Thibodeau would watch his team put up a feisty first-half battle against the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden before fading in the third quarter, victimized by the array of weapons the Celtics boast.

Feb 24, 2024; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau coaches against the Boston Celtics during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The end result was a 116-102 victory for Boston, the fourth the Celtics have picked up against the Knicks this season in as many meetings.

Boston shot 56.8 percent for the game – though it hovered around 70 percent for much of it. It went 15-of-35 (42.9 percent) from the perimeter.

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