Morgantown, West Virginia – All Miles “Deuce” McBride needed was a chance and last night, he finally got one. With Knicks’ starting point guard Jalen Brunson out with a foot injury, McBride got an opportunity to play meaningful minutes and he certainly made the best of it!
In the Knicks’ 123-107 victory over the Portland Trailblazers, McBride scored a career-best 18 points on 6-for-8 shooting, including four made 3-pointers, in 25 minutes.
“Honestly, I knew I needed to step up,” McBride said after Tuesday’s game. “End of a road trip, I felt like we came out flat and I just wanted to be a spark, give energy and do what I can.”
McBride drew praise from Knicks’ head coach Tom Thibodeau: “It’s huge, and it’s not just hitting the shots but the defense, the hustle plays,” Thibodeau said. “When you make hustle plays like that, that does nothing but unite and inspire the team. You see a guy hustle (like McBride) and all of a sudden, he’s got a steal; we’ve got an easy bucket. That’s how you win.”
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) March 15, 2023