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Disoriented in the paint, Mitchell Robinson wants to find bite

It was the most obvious takeaway, after the victory of the Heat in Game 1 of this series: after enjoying a real health walk in the Cavaliers racket in the first round, Mitchell Robinson would face a whole other adversity during this second round, facing the work of Bam Adebayo and Kevin Love.

But if the first two games of the series were relatively balanced in absolute terms, the last two are no longer so at all. Because after a Game 3 completed with only 5 rebounds (against 12 for the pivot of Miami, and 5 for Kevin Love), the pivot of the Knicks was very discreet a second time in a row this night in Game 4, in his direct duel in the paint against the interiors of the Florida club, with only 7 rebounds grabbed against 13 catches for the former Kentucky and 9 catches for the former UCLA.

I have to find a solution » he just threw after the defeat of this night, marked by a terrible collective bankruptcy in the offensive rebound in the fourth quarter. ” I have to play with a greater energy, a greater sense of urgency. I have to do my job, in other words. »

While he explained, after Game 2, that this series against New York was surely the most physical he had to play in his career, Bam Adebayo therefore took the lead over Mitchell Robinson in the duel of pivots, and Miami picked up two commanding home-court wins, pushing the Knicks to the brink.

Gotta do the delay screens better, limit them to one shot “Added” Mitch “, in reference to this lunar sequence in the last act, when Miami captured 5 (!) offensive rebounds in a row. ” I didn’t belay today, yet that’s what I do best. And they manage to stop me from doing it. They have [Kevin] Love in particular, which imposes itself under the circle. So I have to show better energy to get around it. »

The Knicks’ survival in this series greatly depends on it…

Mitchell Robinson Percentage Bounces
Season Crew GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Off Def Early pd party Int bp CT Points
2018-19 NYK 66 21 69.4 0.0 60.0 2.7 3.7 6.4 0.6 3.3 0.8 0.5 2.4 7.4
2019-20 NYK 61 23 74.2 0.0 56.8 3.1 4.0 7.0 0.6 3.2 0.9 0.6 2.0 9.7
2020-21 NYK 31 28 65.3 0.0 49.1 3.7 4.5 8.1 0.6 2.8 1.1 0.8 1.5 8.3
2021-22 NYK 72 26 76.1 0.0 48.6 4.1 4.5 8.6 0.5 2.7 0.8 0.8 1.9 8.5
2022-23 NYK 59 27 67.1 0.0 48.4 4.5 4.9 9.4 0.9 2.7 1.0 0.7 1.9 7.4
Total 289 24 71.2 0.0 52.9 3.6 4.3 7.9 0.6 3.0 0.9 0.7 2.0 8.2

How to read the stats? MJ = matches played; Min = Minutes; Shots = Shots made / Shots attempted; 3pts = 3-points / 3-points attempted; LF = free throws made / free throws attempted; Off = offensive rebound; Def= defensive rebound; Tot = Total bounces; Pd = assists; Fte: Personal fouls; Int = Intercepts; Bp = Lost bullets; Ct: Counters; Points = Points.

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