Thibodeau: There’s No Statistic for this Important Offensive Ability

In a game against the Charlotte Hornets on January 29, 2024, the Knicks used crisp passing and a head’s up offensive approach to rip the Hornets despite being without Julius Randle and OG Anunoby.

Jalen Brunson attacked the basket and scored 32 points, and Donte DiVincenzo played an aggressive head’s up brand of basketball, scoring on drives, making quick decisions and pinpoint passes, and hitting the 3 ball for 28 points. Josh Hart was in the middle of the offense, as were Quentin Grimes, Miles McBride, Precious Achiuwa, Jericho Sims, and Isaiah Hartenstein.

Afterwards, coach Tom Thibodeau revealed what the Knicks strategy on offense was and how an important part of it is players with an ability not measured by any statistic:

  • “You want to try to attack the defense before it’s set.
  • But once you get down if the 3rd defender is back, moving to the second side, get downhill into spacing try to create advantages for each other.
  • Moving without the ball and making quick decisions is important.
  • What I really like about Josh — he keeps it going. There’s really not a stat for that, because a lot of it is not only the movement, but it’s the screening off the ball and there are quick decisions.
  • OG is really good at that too — moving without the ball and making quick decisions, as is Donte.
  • I think that’s important for us.”


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