The New York Knicks had a tough night on Wednesday, taking a 112-100 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Head coach Tom Thibodeau was so unhappy with the starters’ performance that he benched them for the entire fourth quarter of the game.
After the game, Thibodeau ripped into his starters and condemned the excuse that the team just needs more time to jell.
The Knicks starting five were benched in the fourth when the team trailed 82-66 to the Bucks.
Thibodeau has a reputation for playing his starters more than any other coach in the league. That holds up this season as the starting five of Julius Randle, Kemba Walker, Evan Fournier, Mitchell Robinson, and RJ Barrett have played the most minutes in the league of any five-player lineup.
The Knicks have had an up and down start to the season, currently sitting seventh in the Eastern Conference with a record of 7-5. They’ll have a chance to correct course on Friday when the Knicks take on the Charlotte Hornets.