Burke (illness) was inactive for Monday's 127-109 loss to the Thunder.
Prior to falling ill, Burke had lost his spot as the second-string point guard to Frank Ntilikina. As such, it's likely he would have been excluded from coach David Fizdale's rotation or have been relegated to playing garbage-time minutes if he was healthy enough to play. Burke will turn his focus to shaking off the illness in advance of Wednesday's game against the Rockets.
Burke is questionable for Monday's game against the Thunder due to an illness, Brian Heyman of Newsday reports.
Burke has apparently come down with the bug and, as a result, missed practice Sunday. If the Michigan product needs at least one game to recover, it shouldn't hurt the Knicks all that much though, especially since Burke has recently fallen out of the rotation anyways.
Burke had scored between 10 and 16 points while averaging 20.8 minutes per game over the past four contests, but he dropped out of the rotation entirely after Frank Ntilikina (ankle) was cleared to return to action. Given that Ntilkina, the No. 8 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, is viewed as more of a long-term asset, it's hard to imagine the rebuilding Knicks will have much motivation to hand a veteran on an expiring deal like Burke meaningful minutes when the backcourt is relatively healthy.
Burke turned in 16 points (6-13 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-4 FT), a rebound, an assist and a steal across 19 minutes in Friday's 119-112 win over the Lakers.
Burke has had trouble getting back on the court after returning from a knee injury, but his recent string of DNPs is more a product of coach David Fitzdale's preference, as the variance of his rotations has been incredibly volatile this season. This situation makes trusting any guard a risk-reward fantasy play for the Knicks, although it seems that Emmanuel Mudiay is now entrenched with the first unit, limiting Burke's overall value
Burke played 13 minutes off the bench Sunday against the Pacers after missing the previous six games.
Burke returned from a sprained knee and hit just one of his seven field goal attempts, though he did add four rebounds, three assists and a steal. For now, Emmanuel Mudiay appears to have a hold on the starting point guard job, though the Knicks' rotation has been as unpredictable as any in the league, so it wouldn't be a surprise if Burke works his way back into the lineup at some point in the near future.
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