The Knicks have already been instrumental in the NBA’s fight against the flop, none more so than Jalen Brunson.
The team’s starting point guard was fined $2,000 by the league for an unannounced violation in Friday’s win at Atlanta.
That came one game after the NBA admitted that officials mistakenly whistled Brunson for a flop in the season opener after a 3-pointer against the Celtics because replays showed it landed on the foot of Boston star Jayson Tatum was.
Brunson also received a technical foul during Saturday’s loss in New Orleans for arguing he also landed on the foot of Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram.
“They didn’t name it, so yeah, I guess they don’t name it. “It is what it is at this point,” Brunson said. “I don’t know. I know Game 1, Tatum’s foot was under mine. The second time [in Atlanta]I landed on one foot, tried to find my balance and fell. I mean, [Saturday night] it was not called. Nobody will ever be perfect. I just have to go out there and keep playing.”
Knicks guard Donte DiVincenzo was also fined $2,000 for a flop against the Celtics.
Four players saw their first action of the season on Saturday evening.
Jericho Sims and Miles McBride played the final five minutes, while DaQuan Jeffries (five points) and Dylan Windler (three) each scored three minutes.
Tom Thibodeau on the Knicks’ 7-for-37 performance from 3-point range on Saturday: “I thought we missed a couple good goals early and then we just didn’t have a good rhythm. And then when we turned it around, we gave them good rhythm beats and that hurt us. But then once we got going a little bit, when we got the number down to six, we had a crack right there to get back and we couldn’t get it done.”