Obi Toppin coming on strong despite brutal Knicks’ stretch

were destroyed at both ends in the first and third quarters by the Heat, Toppin also led the second unit with a team-best plus-20 rating over 21 minutes.

New York Knicks' Obi Toppin (1) drives to the basket
Dunk-machine Obi Toppin has found his shooting stroke recently.
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“I just know when I get into the game, I have to bring energy. I don’t want to mess up,” Toppin said. “I go in, play my hardest and play with a lot of energy. We depend on each other. We all have to go out and do our job.”

Asked about being a fan favorite and their calls for him to receive more playing time from head coach Tom Thibodeau, Toppin added, “I’m not really a social media guy … but Thibs, the coaching staff, they’re great at what they do. So I trust them as well as all the other players on our team. We trust the coaches and whatever decisions they have for us, we’ve got to live with it.”

The blowout loss in Miami enabled Thibodeau to get an extended look at recently acquired Cam Reddish, who played the final 9:50 and scored six points after not playing at all Monday in Cleveland.

“At that point we’re in a pretty big hole, down 30, it’s just get him some playing time and get him out there with that group and get some minutes for him,” Thibodeau said. “So there was some benefit to that.”

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