O'Quinn will start at center in Wednesday's game against the Celtics, Bob Robb of 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston reports.
With Noah ruled out with an ankle injury Wednesday, O'Quinn gets the nod in the frontcourt, although he has been in a bit of a slump in his last two games after recorded two straight double-doubles. Look for O'Quinn to get extended run in the frontcourt Wednesday and an opportunity see an increase in production once again.
O'Quinn contributed six points (3-10 FG), eight rebounds and two assists across 16 minutes in a 108-107 loss to the Hawks on Monday.
O'Quinn was a hot waiver-wire pickup in deeper leagues last week after he put together a pair of double-doubles in back-to-back games, but he's since reverted back to his usual ways, much to the chagrin of those who went out and grabbed him. What's most troubling about O'Quinn's outputs the last two games (5.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 13.5 minutes per contest) is the fact that Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) has sat out on both occasions, but O'Quinn has been unable to see an appreciable gain in playing time nor production. O'Quinn is still liable to go off on any given night, but it's almost impossible to predict when that might happen given the inconsistency with which coach Jeff Hornacek doles out minutes in the frontcourt.
O'Quinn secured the double-double by halftime after starting center Joakim Noah ran into early foul trouble, but the reserve big man didn't do much to pad his stat total after the break. Nonetheless, it was a nice outing for O'Quinn, who has shown the ability to rack up eye-popping lines in a limited role at various points this season, as this was already his fourth double-double. Unfortunately for O'Quinn, there's been a lot of volatility to both his production and playing time, making it almost impossible to predict when he might go off. It may take an extended absence from Noah before O'Quinn can be trusted as a lineup option in most leagues.
O'Quinn was ejected in the third quarter of Monday's 110-96 loss to the Pelicans after drawing a Flagrant 2 foul. He finished the evening with two points (1-2 FG), two rebounds and two blocks in 13 minutes.
O'Quinn was run from the game after swinging his arm violently at the Pelicans' Anthony Davis, who was pushed into the stands from the impact while he was attempting to drive down the court. Davis had been dominating the Knicks with 40 points and 18 rebounds in 29 minutes, but he suffered a bruised hip on the foul and was forced to exit. The Pelicans still won comfortably over the hapless Knicks, who had Derrick Rose go AWOL before the game and also lost Carmelo Anthony to an ejection just over a minute before O'Quinn was tossed. Since the Knicks were trailing by 25 points prior to the fourth quarter, O'Quinn probably didn't miss out on much additional playing time anyway.
O'Quinn (illness) will play in Monday's game against the Magic.
O'Quinn missed just his second game of the season Saturday due to his ailment, but he will be available off the bench again Monday night. O'Quinn's production has been muted since he posted a double-double Dec. 22, and he figures to share the backup center duties with Willy Hernangomez.
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