Latest Tom Thibodeau News

Rejuvenated Paul leads Suns over Nuggets 122-105 in Game 1

Jun. 08, 2021 01:48 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — In the opening minutes of Monday night's game, Chris Paul was bumped on his ailing right shoulder and grimaced for a second. His movements were a little tentative, his shots didn't look quite right. Then — seemingly almost out of nowhere — the...

New York's Tom Thibodeau picked as NBA's coach of the year

Jun. 07, 2021 20:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Thibodeau got the New York Knicks back to the playoffs, guiding the team to its second-best record in 20 years. And in the eyes of the voters, that coaching job was the best in the NBA. Thibodeau was revealed Monday as the...

Knicks make surprise playoff return, need work to stay there

Jun. 03, 2021 13:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Everyone was about to head home for the summer when a “Let's go Knicks! Let's go Knicks!" chant broke out at the end of Game 5 at Madison Square Garden. After years of disappointing them, the New York Knicks had given their fans a team they couldn't...

With Young built for playoffs, Hawks soar into second round

Jun. 03, 2021 03:10 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Trae Young was preparing for his first postseason when a message popped into his phone. Atlanta interim coach Nate McMillan wanted to tell his point guard that he was built for this time of a year, the kind of praise that can build a young player's...

Young scores 36 points, Hawks finish off Knicks in Game 5

Jun. 02, 2021 23:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In his first time on stage, Trae Young was already the star of the show. And just like an actor on nearby Broadway, he closed his impressive debut performance with a bow, after making a long 3-pointer in the final minute. “Leading...

Young leads Hawks to 113-96 win over Knicks, 3-1 series lead

May. 30, 2021 17:19 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young led the way for the Atlanta Hawks, as usual. He sure had plenty of help. Proving they are far more than a one-man team, the Hawks unleashed a dazzling array of weapons to take control of their series against the New York...

Rose, Randle rally Knicks past Hawks to tie series at 1-1

May. 26, 2021 23:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Down 13 points, the New York Knicks needed a change in the second half beyond starting Derrick Rose. They needed the Julius Randle they saw in the regular season. Rose scored 26 points, Randle shook off a miserable first half to lead...

Knicks' Julius Randle wins NBA's Most Improved Player award

May. 25, 2021 20:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Julius Randle is in his seventh season, later than the usual Most Improved Player winner. He is aware of the notion that by then, players have already shown what they are in the NBA and they're not going to get any better. He also...

Doc Rivers baffled by continued criticism of Ben Simmons

May. 25, 2021 19:48 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Doc Rivers can’t fathom criticism of Ben Simmons, especially after the three-time All-Star became just the sixth player in NBA history to have at least 15 rebounds and 15 assists in a playoff game. “Only in Philadelphia,” Rivers said Tuesday...

NBA's young superstars showing their time is now in playoffs

May. 24, 2021 16:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Trae Young didn’t look like a postseason rookie in silencing a rocking road crowd in New York. “The moment wasn’t too big for him,” Atlanta teammate Lou Williams said. Nor for Ja Morant or Devin Booker, who were just as...