Hezonja (leg) won't play in Thursday's tilt against the Hawks, Chris Iseman of The Bergen Record reports.
Hezonja was considered doubtful entering Thursday's game and his absence is not surprising. He'll figure to return to the rotation following the All-Star break. Luke Kornet will be starting at power forward in place of Hezonja.
Hezonja is listed as doubtful for Thursday's game against the Hawks with a left leg contusion.
It wasn't reported that Hezonja suffered any sort of injury in Wednesday's 126-111 loss to the 76ers, but it might provide an explanation for why he only played six minutes in the contest. With the All-Star break on the horizon, expect the Knicks to act cautiously with Hezonja and hold him out for the second half of the back-to-back set. Noah Vonleh will likely step in as the team's starting power forward in Hezonja's stead.
Hezonja moved into the starting five for the first time since Dec. 9 with coach David Fizdale sending the struggling Noah Vonleh to the bench. At least for one game, the lineup change didn't result in a major bump for Hezonja, who played the exact same amount of minutes as Vonleh. There's a real possibility that Fizdale favors one player over the other based on matchups and early-game performances, so Hezonja's playing time could still be quite volatile even if he earns an extended stay on the top unit.
Hezonja will start Saturday's game against the Raptors, Chris Iseman of The Bergen Record reports.
Hezonja is starting ahead of Noah Vonleh for Saturday's game. It's unclear why the move was made, but Hezonja provides more floor-spacing than Vonleh. In 45 games this season, the fourth-year forward is averaging 7.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 19.3 minutes.
Hezonja has often been one of the top victims of coach David Fizdale's ever-changing rotations this season. After playing no fewer than 22 minutes in any of the past five contests and averaging 11.6 points per game on a respectable 46.7 percent shooting from the field, Hezonja was pulled from the second unit in favor of Lance Thomas. It'll be difficult to count on Hezonja reclaiming playing time in the Knicks' next game Friday in Detroit, assuming he's not dealt elsewhere prior to Thursday's trade deadline.
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