Thibodeau ‘disappointed’ but optimistic after the Knicks’ defeat against the Pacers

The New York Knicks were commonly labeled as big winners at the NBA trade deadline. Now comes the hard part: justifying those marks on the floor.

Saturday marked the Knicks’ first game with Bojan Bogdanovic and Alec Burks in the lineup, but the Knicks remained in the loss column after falling to the Indiana Pacers in a 125-111 final at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks (33-20) have lost consecutive games since late December and three of four since a nine-game winning streak was ended last weekend against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Coach Tom Thibodeau hasn’t hit the panic button yet.

“I’m disappointed in the outcome, but I’m not disappointed in our team,” Thibodeau said later in a video from SNY. “We’ve fought all year, we’ve responded to every challenge. I think we can do a lot better and I think we will.”

Thibodeau isn’t using his team’s health as an excuse either: OG Anunoby and Julius Randle will be out for weeks while Isaiah Hartenstein was also missing on Saturday, aggravating an Achilles tendon injury during Thursday’s loss to Dallas, which kept him out two games at the end of January.

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