Evan Fournier has scored more than 15 points in six games this season – including two of the last three – and the Knicks have lost none of them.
Keeping their $ 78 million starting shooting guard consistently productive will be key for the Knicks during Friday’s intimidating game against the Suns.
Fournier scored 26 points, including 6-9 from 3-point range in Tuesday’s win over the Lakers.
“I thought Evan was amazing. I thought it was big for us,” Tom Thibodeau said. “He didn’t hesitate. I thought they did a good job of finding him quickly and then they tore him down. He got into a good rhythm.
Fournier also buried five 3s in Saturday night’s win over Houston and scored 19 points, but he missed six of his seven field-goal attempts and managed just three points in defeat after one night in Chicago.
However, he opened fire against the Lakers, becoming the first Knicks player to score more than 25 points in two games, hitting three early shots on his way and making at least six 3-pointers in the team’s first 20. Games by Danilo Galinari in 2009.
Julius Randall said of Fournier, “The defense takes what the defense gives him.” He is finding a place where he can run the floor well. … He’s looking for space to make himself available.
“From my point of view, he’s making himself available in the double team, and we’re looking for him. He’s a great player. He’s a really good player, he’s been playing for a long time. He can really shoot the ball, so we have to take advantage of that.
Thibodeau made minor updates on the three players who missed out on Tuesday’s game due to injury – Mitchell Robinson (concussion), Derrick Rose (ankle) and Taj Gibson (groin) – but did not say whether they expected him to play against Phoenix on Friday.
“[Robinson’s] Go through all the protocols, he is making progress. So if he clears, he’s gone, ”Thibodeau said. “There’s a progression to that, so he’s facing every step of the way, and he has a lot more before he clears up.”
In Rose and Gibson, Thibodeau added: “They’re doing a little bit, but they’re still day by day. They don’t go through regular practice.