Knicks Quentin Grimes Sidelined with Hand Injury

Amidst adversity, Knicks showcase grit and determination.

by Nouman Rasool
Knicks Quentin Grimes Sidelined with Hand Injury
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In a season marred by challenges, the New York Knicks faced another setback when Quentin Grimes, a consistent starter this season, sustained a "bruised hand" during the fourth quarter in Wednesday's nail-biter against the Atlanta Hawks.

The Knicks narrowly clinched a victory with a 116-114 scoreline, but Grimes' injury overshadowed the triumph. "I’m not sure yet about the severity," said Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau, reflecting on the situation post-game.

"I haven’t talked to the trainers”. Grimes' departure from the court was abrupt, leaving the game with around 11 minutes on the clock and not returning, raising concerns about the impact on the Knicks' lineup. Jalen Brunson, a key player for the Knicks, emphasized the team's resilience.

"We have a next-man-up mentality," Brunson stated. "It’s unfortunate about Quentin, but we're prepared to rally as a team until he can return." This blow comes after RJ Barrett's absence due to an "illness/migraine," marking the second game he missed.

Uncertain about Barrett's condition, Thibodeau commented, "If I knew more, I’d be a doctor. But right now, he’s under the weather and day-to-day."

Knicks' Resilient Season

The Knicks have had a rocky road this season, with a 1-3 record in games without Barrett, who previously sat out due to knee issues.

Despite these challenges, the team has shown tenacity, particularly in this latest clash against the Hawks. Julius Randle revealed a strategic focus on exploiting Hawks' guard Trae Young's defensive vulnerabilities. This approach paid off, with Immanuel Quickley seizing the opportunity to shine by scoring 10 of his total 20 points in the final quarter.

"When Immanuel had Trae on him, we knew he had to be aggressive, and he delivered," Randle noted, praising Quickley's crucial contributions. Young, a less effective defender, dished out 17 assists, demonstrating his playmaking prowess.

Amidst the game's intensity, Knicks forward Jericho Sims shared a lighter moment, revealing a unique connection with NBA legend and TV analyst for the Hawks, Dominique Wilkins. "Dominique's a favorite of my brother's, and I've grown up watching his highlights," Sims said.

Their bond was highlighted during the last All-Star Weekend, where they shared dinner and again caught up before Wednesday's game. Sims, who participated in last season's Slam Dunk contest, reminisced about Wilkins’ legendary showdowns in the dunk contests of the late '80s, notably against Michael Jordan.

"Got robbed," Sims commented, reflecting on the iconic 1988 contest. As the Knicks navigate their injury troubles, their collective resolve and strategic adjustments will be crucial in maintaining their competitive edge in the demanding NBA landscape.