NBA In-Season Tournament ‘met its intended purpose,’ Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau says

There are a lot of people who still don’t quite understand the NBA in-season tournament, and that’s okay because it was clearly on the minds of many players Tuesday night.

Tuesday was the final day of group play for the tournament, and a funky coaching style was introduced. Even though they led by more than 30 points in the fourth quarter, the Boston Celtics needed a higher lead as part of the tiebreaker, so they decided to hack Andre Drummond into shooting free throws. Ta.

RJ Barrett of the New York Knicks was even caught saying the team “has to run.” [the score] Up” and the Knicks ejected their starter much later than they probably would have done in any other game.

In the end, both the Knicks and Celtics advanced because of point difference.


A general view of the court before a game between the Charlotte Hornets and New York Knicks during an in-season tournament at Madison Square Garden on November 28, 2023 in New York City, New York. (David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

So while many believe this is just a money grab, it certainly seems to have caught the attention of players and staff.

“I think we did what we were supposed to do,” Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau said after Tuesday night’s 115-91 win over the Charlotte Hornets.

Knicks guard Josh Hart admitted it was “weird” to think about the point differential during a game instead of just a shutout.

“It’s an interesting concept,” he added.

The NBA has outdone itself. in Promote tournaments with courts designed to look like those created in the “2K” video game.

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A general view of the New Orleans Pelicans in-season tournament court before a game against the Denver Nuggets during the in-season tournament at Smoothie King Center on November 17, 2023 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Rayne Murdock Jr./NBAE via Getty Images)

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However, some people suffered minor injuries due to the court’s playing surface. Jaylen Brown and Luka Doncic both criticized the NBA, saying the court needs to improve and the NBA needs to prioritize player health.

With each member of the tournament winner receiving an extra $500,000, it’s easy to see why Fridays and Tuesdays in the first two months of the season have a slight uptick in intensity.

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New York Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau reacts during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday, March 20, 2023, in New York. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)


The tournament is currently in a one-game elimination bracket with eight teams remaining. The semifinals and finals will be held in Las Vegas on December 7th and 9th, respectively.

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