Kornet will return to the bench for Tuesday's game against the Mavericks.
Kornet started his first career game Sunday against the Raptors with Enes Kanter (back) sitting out, impressing with 18 points, four rebounds, two assists and one block across 34 minutes. However, both Kanter and Lance Thomas (thumb) are returning to the lineup Tuesday and will be re-inserted into the top unit, which sends Kornet and Michael Beasley back to the bench. Kornet should see significantly less playing time, though his strong showing could earn him some more looks over the last month of the season.
Kornet scored 18 points (7-15 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 1-2 FT) to go along with four rebounds, two assists and one block across 34 minutes during Sunday's 132-106 loss to the Raptors.
Making his first career start, Kornet displayed an impressive scoring touch and the ability to knock down shots from deep. He didn't do much on the boards, but he did supplement his line with a couple of dimes and a blocked shot to boot. Kornet was in the lineup due to Enes Kanter's absence with back spasms, and he could receive another extended look Tuesday against the Mavs if his teammate isn't ready to take the court for that contest.
Kornet will start Sunday's game against the Raptors.
The Knicks are set to be without Enes Kanter (back) on Sunday, which allows Kornet to pick up the start in his place. It will mark the big man's first career stint in the top unit and he should be in line for increased minutes as a result. Along with Kornet, Kyle O'Quinn should see a fairly hefty workload.
Kornet totaled 11 points (4-9 FG, 3-7 3Pt), 10 rebounds and four blocks across 22 minutes in Thursday's 113-88 loss to the Raptors.
After being recalled from the G League earlier Thursday, Kornet turned in a strong showing Thursday night, posting his first career double-double. With Kristaps Porzinigs (knee) out and Enes Kanter (mouth) dealing with injuries, Kornet could carve himself out a nice role on the Knicks, and eventually eat into the playing time of other bigs on the roster like Kyle O'Quinn, who started at center Thursday.
The 22-year-old rookie, who signed a two-way contract with the Knicks in July, has played exclusively at Westchester this season, as the NBA club's ample depth at center never resulted in a need for Kornet. That's no longer the case, however, as the trade of Willy Hernangomez in addition to injuries to Enes Kanter (mouth) and Kristaps Porzingis (knee) along with the team-imposed exile of Joakim Noah left Kyle O'Quinn as the lone available center on the active roster. As a result, look for Kornet or fellow G League callup Isaiah Hicks, who has also spent the entire season at Westchester, to act as O'Quinn's primary backup Thursday.
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