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One minute of rest of the 197 that was possible in the last four games
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One minute of rest of the 197 that was possible in the last four games

For the second consecutive match, Jos Hart stayed on the field for 48 minutes. He showed no signs of exhaustion. The Knicks point guard makes an effort in these play-offs that borders on the superhuman.

With 46.8 minutes, he is the player who spends the most time on the pitch on average during the play-offs and in the last four games the average has risen to 48.7. Yes, more than a full game, because in the penultimate game of the series against the Sixes there were overtimes and he played the whole game. In that time, he has rested just 1:31 minutes out of 197 minutes and has now racked up 10 straight quarters without taking a break.

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During the regular season, Heart has been a key player for the Knicks, both coming off the bench and starting. He started 42 of the 81 games he played in and averaged 9.4 points and 8.3 rebounds in 33.4 minutes, ranking 38th in that statistic. However, his importance has grown in the playoffs. He averaged 19.1 points and 12.8 rebounds, third best in the playoffs and an astonishing mark for a 6-foot-1 guard.

Injury plague for the Knicks

Their playing time has improved due to injuries Julius Randle, Mitchell Robinson and Bojan Bogdanovic, who have severely shortened the Knicks’ rotation. In Game 2 against the Pacerseight players played and Alec Burks was only on the field for a few seconds. In addition, OG Anunoby could join the casualty list after retirement in the third quarter.

Coach Tom Thibodeau has a reputation for overloading its players and giving its stars little rest. This time he seems to be forced to do so with a full infirmary, but in Hart he has found a praetorian capable of holding out for as many minutes as they throw at him.