It is Friday night for the New York Knicks, and they have decided to bench Quentin Grimes for Donte DiVincenzo. 

The Knicks announced a big change to their starting five for tonight’s matchup against the Celtics, inserting Donte DiVincenzo and moving Quentin Grimes to the bench.

Donte DiVincenzo is currently averaging 9.1 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.7 assists so far in his 2023-24 season as a Knick. His three-point field goal percentage (3P%) is as high as 42.7%. In just over two games, he has averaged 19.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.5 steals while appearing for 26.5 minutes, per ESPN Stats.

While the Big Ragu is excelling, Grimes is slumping. Grimes is currently averaging 5.8 points, 1.2 steals, 1.3 rebounds, and 0.5 turnovers. His three-point percentage is significantly lower at 34.5%. He has also struggled to maintain his efficiency with a field goal percentage of 35.9%. His free-throw percentage is down to 66.7% in contrast to his prior seasons as a Knick, his highest being at 79.6%, per ESPN stats

Grimes has been Thibs’ starting shooting guard for 83 regular season games in a row all while he has been available to play. This change was done after proving his value for the starting spot over Evan Fournier. 

Friday’s matchup with the New York Knicks versus the Boston Celtics will be the first time since November 2022 where Grimes will not start, but come off the bench. 

Grimes is no stranger when it comes to his struggles, as he already expressed his frustrations after New York’s defeat against Milwaukee. “It’s just hard when you go the whole quarter without touching the ball, the whole second quarter without touching the ball, and then you get one shot and you got to make it,” Grimes stated. “So it’s tough going out there and just standing in the corner the whole game. Then you got to make the shot when you shoot the ball one or two times per game. It is what it is.” Grimes played for a total of 18 minutes and only generated 1 steal and 1 rebound, but no points at all.

In the meantime, DiVincenzo has already had the chance to start for two games while Grimes was out due to a sprained left wrist. DiVincenzo was able to prove his value by generating points through his agility and cutting into the court for quick and easy buckets. He has also benefited the Knicks’ defense through high-quality deflections due to his smart ball IQ. 

Should DiVincenzo continue to start instead of Grimes? Or should Grimes earn back his role?

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