The point guard move was one of the few things that went right for the Knicks on Friday night.

Derrick Rose started post-season for the first time since 2015 – replacing Elfrid Payton – and scored on defeat the Knicks against the Hawks in game 3 in Atlanta with 105: 94 points a team high of 30 points.

Rose, who said he was informed of the change on Friday morning, was the first Knicks guard since Stephon Marbury scored 30 or more points in a playoff game in 2004.

“The thing is, he’s basically been playing starter minutes for a while. The most important thing was getting off to a good start, especially on the road.” , Tom Thibodeau explained the long-debated move. “But then we had a problem in the second quarter. So we have to take a look.”

Rose and Taj Gibson, Thibodeau’s other long-time trusted lieutenant in Chicago and Minnesota, also moved to the startau after the veteran duo opened the second half and helped lead the Knicks back from a 13-point half-time deficit two nights earlier. Evening game 2 win in the garden,

Thibodeau moved all in and eventually benched Payton, his starting point keeper, if only for a few weeks.

Payton had started each of the previous 65 games in which he had appeared that season, including the first two games of the series, but “Starter” was never a goofy term after playing only eight minutes and five minutes, respectively, in the first two games of the series and not at all in Game 3 .

During the game, Payton’s mother Danielle retweeted the official Knicks’ official grid line tweet on her Twitter account (@ DannieP19) with the answer: “How did that work for you? #ProudMama”

Almost an hour Before the announcement of the line-up change, just before Friday’s tip, Thibodeau had played cautiously with the media and said he was “still undecided” and had still “pondered” based on “what our best weight gives opportunities. “

Rose finished the 13v21 race with five assists and took almost as many shots as Julius Randle, RJ Barrett and the rest of his Maurer teammates combined (16v60).

Rose, the 32-year-old former NBA MVP, had 26 points in the second half in Game 2, including two important 3-point points.

The Brooklyn-born Gibson has the time with starter Nerlens Noel split in half since Mitchell Robinson underwent foot surgery in his fourth game in March after running out of time after hand surgery.

Noel was hobbled by an ankle injury at the start of the series and finished the game in 17th Minutes with only two points, five ricochets and zero blocked shots. But he gutted the game on Friday and reached the free-throw line 12 times. To make 10 to finish off the bench with 12 points in 22 minutes.

“I thought we started the game well. It doesn’t matter who we have on the pitch, it is, ”said Barrett. “We have to start and trust each other and execute.”

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