O'Quinn finished with 23 points (10-15 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-3 FT), eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block across 26 minutes during Thursday's 121-110 loss to the Nets.
With Kristaps Porzingis (thigh) out Thursday, O'Quinn saw 26 minutes against the struggling Nets and responded by posting one of his best games of the season. Though his minutes have been spotty all season -- tallying 12 games in which he saw single-digit minutes and 15 games in which he saw 20 or more -- O'Quinn has shown strong flashes when given the opportunity. The 26-year-old center's best trait is his rebounding, where he averages 13.1 rebounds per 36 minutes, but has also shown ability to score the ball. That being said, he remains a risky player to roster in both season-long and daily formats considering the inconsistent minutes.
O'Quinn came off the bench and scored four points (2-6 FG, 0-2 3Pt) while adding seven rebounds, four assists and one block in 19 minutes during Wednesday's 101-90 win over the Magic.
Despite some reports indicating that he would start, O'Quinn came off the bench Wednesday. Lance Thomas joined Kristaps Porzingis in the starting lineup, and Thomas played an effective 31 minutes. Thomas' success makes it unlikely that the Knicks would change things up for Friday's game against the 76ers if Willy Hernangomez (ankle) remains sidelined. Regardless of Henangomez's status, this game was a negative development in terms of O'Quinn's fantasy value moving forward.
O'Quinn will start at center Wednesday against the Magic, Steve Popper of The Record reports.
As anticipated, O'Quinn will move into the lineup with both Joakim Noah (knee) and Willy Hernangomez (ankle) sidelined. Noah is expected to miss the rest of the season, whereas Hernangomez is being evaluated on a day-to-day basis, so for the time being, O'Quinn's appointment to the starting five looks like it could be short lived. Nonetheless, the 26-year-old could make for a high-risk, but appealing DFS punt-play target in tournaments, as he's shown the ability for putting up big lines when he sees extended minutes. O'Quinn has six double-doubles on his ledger and is averaging 1.4 blocks in just 15.5 minutes per game on the season.
O'Quinn will likely start at center in Wednesday's game against the Magic, Ian Begley of ESPN.com reports.
With Joakim Noah (knee) likely out for the season, Willy Hernangomez is in line to serve as the Knicks' regular starter at center going forward, but the rookie looks like he'll at least miss Wednesday's contest after coming down with an ankle injury of his own. That leaves O'Quinn as the next man up on the depth chart, so assuming he ends up starting at center, he could be in store for a bigger workload. O'Quinn has been solid in eight previous starts this season, averaging 9.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists across 20.3 minutes in those contests. Starting power forward Kristaps Porzingis is also expected to see ample run at center when O'Quinn is off the floor.
O'Quinn will come off the bench for Saturday's matchup against the 76ers, despite earlier reports of him starting.
With Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) out, O'Quinn will continue providing a spark off the bench while Lance Thomas will draw the start at power forward.
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