Tom Thibodeau: Knicks Have Flexibility To ‘Downsize’ Lineup Without Mitchell Robinson

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Tom Thibodeau discussed his lineup options without Mitchell Robinson, including going smaller.

“We’ll have some flexibility. We can play smaller (lineups). I like what Taj (Gibson) gives us. Obviously, the great value and the things that Mitch brought to the team was the defensive component and I feel that Nerlens (Noel) does many of those things extremely well,” said Thibodeau when discussing replacements.

Robinson suffered a fractured right hand on Friday night.

Thibodeau also pointed to Obi Toppin and Kevin Knox as a way to “downsize” the lineup.

“But I like the way Obi (Toppin)’s coming on. He’s giving us good minutes. So we have that option. We can downsize and can play Kevin (Knox) at the 4. Play Julius (Randle) at the 5. There’s a number of things we can do. I like the versatility of our team.”