As a veteran of playing under Tom Thibodeau, Derrick Rose began to feel the dread of Monday’s film session soon after the final buzzer sounded Sunday night in the Knicks’ 110-104 loss to the Magic.
Forty-eight hours after blowing out the same team in Orlando, the Knicks let their foot off the gas pedal in a rematch and it resulted in their first loss of the season. Thibodeau lamented his team’s lack of energy and effort, which made for a tough film session the next morning.
“When you’re with Thibs, for sure,” Rose said Monday after getting through it. “When you come in after the game, the first thing you’re thinking about is film the next day. Like, ‘Damn, we gotta watch that film?’
“Especially when you beat a team like we did the first time, it puts you in kind of a depression type of state where you’re thinking about everything that night. Then waking up, coming in, you dread coming in a little bit after you get your work in. The best thing about it though is everyone communicating while we’re going over film. By the end of film, it’s out [of] your mind. You know how these games come right back-to-back, so you gotta have amnesia and try to execute the game plan for tomorrow’s game.”
The Knicks will get that opportunity Tuesday, with a big step up in competition against the 76ers at the Garden.
But the talent level didn’t matter Sunday night, when one of the youngest teams in the league came into the Garden and outworked the Knicks. Thibodeau’s crew led by as many as 13 points in the second quarter before the Magic came back to wipe away the deficit and then outscore the Knicks 36-24 in the decisive fourth quarter.
The Knicks knew they didn’t play up to their standards and the film only confirmed that. But Rose chose to see it as a chance to improve early in the season’s 82-game grind.
“When you look at the errors and all that, it’s a time to grow as a team and build chemistry,” Rose said. “You see the breakdowns, you see the jogging back and not sprinting back and all that. It gives you a baseline to see where you’re at and next game, you gotta improve on everything that you did wrong.”
Thibodeau said he addressed the lack of energy “matter-of-fact[ly],” noting that areas such as communication, pointing and talking don’t require talent.
“That requires commitment,” he said. “Those are little things we can do better.”
After making a franchise-record 24 3-pointers Friday in the 121-96 win in Orlando while shooting 44.4 percent from beyond the arc, the Knicks went cold Sunday night. They shot 7-for-13 from deep in the first quarter but then went 6-for-35 the rest of the way — with Rose going 2-for-4 during the fourth quarter to keep the Knicks hanging around late.
Thibodeau said he was satisfied overall with the looks the Knicks got, but wanted his team “to have the belief that we can still win if we’re not shooting well.”
“I think there’s an understanding of what goes into winning and what goes into losing are things you can control,” Thibodeau said. “We know for the most part, our defense and our rebounding and keeping our turnovers down, that’s a must. If we’re consistent with that, we’ll be in a position to win. The shooting piece of it, there’s going to be some nights we shoot it great, some nights not as well as others. But we still have to have the ability to win the game.
“There’s so many other aspects of the game you can do to help your team. We’ll continue to work on it. Obviously we have to get a lot better.”
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