Knicks’ Tom Thibodeau Had Perfect Response to Game 2’s Two-Minute Report

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Consider New York Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau nonplussed by the NBA’s two-minute report from Game 2’s 104-101 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

One day after the Knicks’ victory, the NBA released its “Last Two-Minute” report which ruled that 76ers’ Tyrese Maxey was fouled twice on an inbounds pass during the game-ending scramble. Maxey should have received free throws, and the Knicks never should’ve gotten the opportunity to take their pivotal shot

Thibodeau, however, seemingly couldn’t care less about the league’s incriminating report.

“I’m more concerned with the 46-minute report,” Thibodeau said when asked for his reaction to Game 2’s missed calls. “I knew they couldn’t call a foul there. I’m watching the way Jalen’s being guarded.”

Thibodeau continued, “I’m locked into Game 3. That’s where we are, we don’t get sidetracked with that kind of stuff. Like I said, I watched the whole game, not two minutes worth.”

The NBA’s admission of error in the two-minute report ultimately amounted to nothing more, as the Knicks’ Game 2 win over the 76ers still stood. Through the first two games, Jalen Brunson currently leads the Knicks averaging 23.0 points and 6.5 assists per game (though shooting 29% from the field), while 76ers’ Maxey is averaging 34.0 points and 7.0 assists per game.

The Knicks, up 2-0 in the series, will play the 76ers in Game 3 at Wells Fargo Center on Thursday.


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Kristen Wong

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Kristen Wong is a Staff Writer on the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated. She has been a sports journalist since 2020. Before joining SI, Kristen covered four NFL teams as an associate editor with the FanSided NFL Network and worked as a staff writer for the brand’s flagship site. She has written about soccer, the NFL, NBA, and MLB since 2020, and outside of work, has dreams of running her own sporty dive bar.