Early poured in 17 points (7-12 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), an assist, four rebounds, and a block over 26 minutes in Saturday's 97-93 loss to the Hornets. Early continues to see a progressive increase in playing time, and and his scoring has followed suit over the last two contests. The 24-year-old posted double-digit points for the second consecutive game, and has shot 58 percent (11-for-19) over that span. Early likely doesn't have a chance to move the needle much on the small forward depth chart at present, but could push for more playing time with continued improvement as the regular season unfolds.
Early contributed 10 points (4-7 FG, 2-2 3Pt), two rebounds, and two blocks over 22 minutes in Friday's 110-95 victory over the Celtics. After three lackluster outings, Early turned in what was easily his most productive performance of the preseason. The second-year pro was impressive on both ends of the floor, shooting well from the field and flawlessly from beyond the arc, as well as posting a pair of blocks. Early's biggest problem is that he still lags considerably behind multiple proven players on the small forward depth chart, and that his closest competition, Derrick Williams, has put together an extremely impressive body of work in the exhibition slate. Early has two more preseason opportunities to make an impression, beginning with tomorrow night's contest against the Hornets.
Knicks forwards Travis Wear (back) and Cleanthony Early (ankle) are out for Friday's game against the Bucks, per NBA.com.Wear has been out since March 23 with a lingering back issue while Early hasn't played since April 5 due to an ankle sprain.
Knicks coach Derek Fisher said forward Cleanthony Early will not play Wednesday night against the Pacers. Early sprained his ankle last Friday against the Wizards. Fisher said, via the team's website, that Early may be able to return to the hardwood this weekend. Early is averaging 5.5 points and 2.4 rebounds in 36 games this season.
The Knicks will hold forwards Cleanthony Early and Travis Wear out of Sunday's game against the 76ers, reports The Inquirer. Early sustained an ankle injury during Friday's game, while Wear has missed the last six games because of an ankle sprain. The Knicks are 2-point underdogs.
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