Tom Thibodeau benched his starters for the entire fourth quarter of the New York Knicks' 112-100 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.
Thibodeau didn't play any of Julius Randle, RJ Barrett, Mitchell Robinson, Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier from the 2:01 mark of the third quarter, when he took out Randle in favor of Obi Toppin, until the end of the game, instead opting to ride the all-bench grouping of Derrick Rose, Alec Burks, Immanuel Quickley, Toppin and Taj Gibson.
"Yeah, just they didn't play well," Thibodeau said of his decision to sit the starters, none of whom spoke to the media after the game. "That's it. We've gotta figure it out. And right now we're playing well on the road and we're not playing well at home, which is unusual. So we've gotta get that straightened out."
The all-bench unit went on a 29-7 run to erase what had been a 22-point Milwaukee lead.
"You know what they say: When it's 10 games, they say you need 20," Thibodeau said. "When you say 20, they say you need 30; at 30, you say 40.
"And before you know it, the season is over. So that's a bunch of bulls---."