Burke tallied 26 points (12-22 FG, 2-5 3Pt), six assists, five rebounds, one steal and one block across 30 minutes in Thursday's 120-113 victory over the Magic.
Coach Jeff Hornacek said Burke could be in like for more minutes coming out of the break, and that certainly was the case the first game out, as Burke received 30 minutes off the bench Thursday night. Hornacek is trying to evaluate all three of his point guards in a lost season, so all should see plenty of time going forward, with Burke's strong outing putting him in contention for the starting role and the most minutes of the three.
Coach Jeff Hornacek implied that Burke will see increased minutes over the final two months of the season, Ian Begley of ESPN reports.
While Hornacek did not specify how many minutes he'll look to carve out for Burke, the implication was that the Knicks will make an effort to find more time for the Michigan product, as well as fellow young guards Emmanuel Mudiay and Frank Ntilikina. As a result, veteran Jarrett Jack will likely have his minutes slashed, and Courtney Lee could also see a reduction in playing time. Heading into the All-Star break, Burke had played only 12 combined minutes over the Knicks' last three games.
Burke collected 12 points (4-9 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three assists and two rebounds across 13 minutes in Thursday's 113-88 loss to the Raptors.
Despite the front court being in shambles with injuries for the Knicks, the back court remains solidified with plenty of the options on the roster, limiting Burke to a meager 13 minutes. Despite the lack of run, Burke made his presence felt as the second-highest scorer on the team Thursday, shooting very efficiently, which could earn him more chances with a motley crew of veterans and rookies competing for minutes.
Burke produced 18 points (8-14 FG, 2-4 3Pt), three assists and a rebound in 18 minutes during Friday's 107-85 win over the Suns.
Burke is the newest addition to the Knicks after signing with the team on the 14th after some stellar play for the Westchester farm team in the G-League. This was by far his best effort with the team and saw extended action Friday with both Jarrett Jack and Frank Nkitilina inexplicably limited in the game. Despite the strong outing, he's largely irrelevant in fantasy formats at this point.
Burke (hip) is active and available to play in Sunday's game against the Pelicans, Ian Begley of ESPN reports.
Burke's recent contract with the Knicks became official Sunday and he'll immediately be available to play for his new team. It appears he's over the sore hip that gave him some issues late last week, so that shouldn't be a concern moving forward. That said, Burke is still behind both Jarrett Jack and Frank Ntilikina on the point guard depth chart, so minutes will likely be hard to come by. He's not going to be a fantasy relevant player despite the change in scenery.
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