Hezonja (illness) will start Wednesday against the Pistons, Ian Begley of ESPN reports. Hezonja was battling an illness earlier in the day, but he's been cleared to take the floor and will be in the starting lineup at point guard. He missed Tuesday's win over Chicago, but prior to that Hezonja averaged 25.0 points, 10.3 rebounds and 7.0 assists across his previous three starts.
Hezonja (illness) is questionable for Wednesday's contest against the Pistons. Hezonja missed Tuesday's win over the Bulls after an impressive three-game stretch. If he's able to play Wednesday, he might re-join the starting five.
Hezonja is out with an illness Tuesday against the Bulls, Steve Popper of Newsday reports. Hezonja was expected to be the Knicks' starting point guard for the final games of the season, but his illness will prevent him from playing Tuesday. Dennis Smith Jr. will start in his place.
Coach David Fizdale said after Sunday's 113-110 win over the Wizards that he plans on deploying Hezonja as the team's starting point guard for the final two games of the season, Ian Begley of ESPN.com reports. After bowing out of the rotation for a two-game stretch, Hezonja has returned in a starting role for the past three contests and has seen his production skyrocket. During that stretch, Hezonja is averaging 25.0 points (on 53.7 percent shooting from the field), 10.3 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.3 triples in 37.3 minutes per contest. Even with top point guard Dennis Smith (back) returning from injury Sunday, Hezonja still drew the start at point guard and didn't see a notable decline in his playing time. The Knicks will likely tread carefully with Smith's usage for the season-ending back-to-back set Tuesday in Chicago and Wednesday at home versus the Pistons, likely putting Hezonja on track for sizable minutes in both contests. The 2015 lottery pick looks like a must-start player entering the final week of the regular season.
Hezonja finished with 30 points (12-21 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six rebounds, five assists, and two steals in 36 minutes during Sunday's 113-110 victory over the Wizards. Hezonja blew up for a game-high 30 points in Sunday's victory, shooting a very respectable 12-of-21 from the field. Hezonja has been electric over the past three games, putting up numbers owners had been hoping for all season. David Fizdale has messed with the rotations consistently throughout the season which has limited Hezonja to purely a streaming role. He can contribute in a number of areas on any given night and performances such as this certainly pose a number of questions when it comes to Fizdale's decision making.
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