Burke said he was surprised that he didn't see the floor in Wednesday's win over the Hawks, the New York Post reports. "I'm just as surprised as everyone else," Burke said. "I'm going to continue to stay ready and control what I can control."
Coach David Fizdale gave no indication prior to the game that Burke wouldn't see the floor, though he did later acknowledge that it's a challenge to find time for Burke, Emmanuel Mudiay and Frank Ntilikina in the point guard rotation. "Not playing any of them is a tough call for me," Fizdale said. "Trey knows he's in my holster. I won't hesitate to use Trey. He's always ready to go and I believe in Trey." A team in the Knicks' position having an ever-changing rotation isn't all that uncommon, though in Burke's specific case, it was a bit surprising that he didn't see the floor even after Ntilikina fouled out with over five minutes left in the game. Given how Fizdale has handled his rotation to date, it's difficult to assert whether Burke, who played at least 20 minutes in each of the previous two games, can be counted on for a consistent role night-to-night.
Burke isn't in the starting lineup for Friday's game against Golden State, Steve Popper of Newsday reports.
Burke was named the starting point guard to begin the season, but the Knicks will try Frank Ntilikina at the point against the Warriors. It doesn't appear as though this is a permanent change, so Burke may draw the start in New York's next contest Monday versus Brooklyn.
Burke scored 19 points (9-18 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT) while adding five rebounds, four assists and a steal in only 22 minutes during Monday's 124-113 loss to the Bucks.
It was his best scoring performance of the young season, although curiously, it came on a night that he ceded a lot of court time to Damyean Dotson. Burke had played 30 minutes in each of the last two games, so whether the reduced workload was just a one-game aberration or was a sign that Knicks coach David Fizdale is attempting to improve Burke's efficiency by reining in his minutes remains to be seen.
Burke will start at point guard in Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Hawks, Ian Begley of ESPN reports.
Burke had been competing with the likes of Frank Ntilikina and Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle) for the top job. Ntilikina has actually been shifted over to small forward and he'll start over rookie Kevin Knox, while Mudiay has been ruled out with an injury. That doesn't exactly mean Burke will remain the starting point guard indefinitely, but it's still an encouraging update for his overall fantasy value for the time being.
Coach David Fizdale said that he's yet to decide which point guard will start Wednesday's season opener against the Hawks, John Healy of SNY reports. "I am definitely undecided going into the first game," Fizdale said. "I don't feel a deadline for game one like everybody else does"
The second part of Fizdale's quote implies that the first-year head coach could continue to experiment with a few different options through the early weeks of the season, as the Knicks feel little pressure to settle on a defined rotation. "We're not the Warriors or Houston or somebody where we have to know who we are," Fizdale continued. "We've still got a lot to figure out. We've still got a lot of guys we're evaluating, figuring out how they fit into the puzzle." Burke is certainly in the mix at point guard, and he's spent the preseason auditioning for the starting job alongside Frank Ntilikina, Emmanuel Mudiay and, to a lesser degree, Ron Baker. It was Baker who got the nod in Friday's preseason finale, but prior to that game he'd been on the outside of the rotation looking in. Burke had nine points and three assists in 21 minutes of action, while Ntilikina finished with nine points, five assists and four rebounds in 29 minutes. The Knicks may not announced a starter until close to tip-off Wednesday, but Burke and Ntilikina figure to split minutes relatively evenly -- with Mudiay also likely to see opportunities -- regardless of who's on the floor to begin the game.
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