Josh Hart Has Relatable Take on Workload Tom Thibodeau Gives Him, Knicks

May 2, 2024; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Knicks guard Josh Hart (3) during a timeout
May 2, 2024; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Knicks guard Josh Hart (3) during a timeout / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks wing Josh Hart has played at least 46 minutes per game over the last five outings, proving to be an indispensable part of the franchise's postseason run thus far.

His usage (or over-usage, depending on how you view it), has led to questions about Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau's rotations in the playoffs, which have been shortened significantly due to injuries up and down the roster.

Hart was asked about his level of fatigue with all the minutes he's been playing, and his answer was pretty relatable.

"It's a reality," Hart began. "But the reality also is that our job is to play basketball. You got people getting up at 6 am doing 12-hour shifts. Those people are tired. For us, we're playing a game and obviously, we're fortunate enough to play a game like this. We've gotta keep that in perspective," Hart added.

Hart has been an instrumental part of the Knicks' playoff success thus far, and is off to another great start to the series against the Indiana Pacers. After scoring 24 points in Game 1, Hart added another 19 points in Game 2. He has played every single minute of the series thus far.

The Knicks return to action against the Pacers on Friday night in Indianapolis.


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