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Knicks' Courtney Lee: Participates in contact drills
Lee (neck) participated in contact drills Monday, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reports.
This is an encouraging step for Lee, who has been sidelined all season while battling neck spasms and whiplash. While he's trending towards a return, it's still unclear when Lee will be cleared for game action.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Tim Hardaway: Pours in 32 points
Hardaway finished with 32 points (9-20 FG, 5-10 3Pt, 9-10 FT), three steals, two rebounds and two assists across 36 minutes in Sunday's 131-117 loss to the Magic.
After the Knicks surrendered 44 points in the first quarter, coach David Fizdale limited the playing time for most of his starters with the exception of Hardaway, who played alongside Trey Burke, Noah Vonleh and Enes Kanter for most of the day. Fizdale's inconsistent rotation patterns remain a source of frustration for fantasy managers trying to mine value from the Knicks' supporting players, but Hardaway seems relatively immune to the coach's whims. Hardaway has played 25 minutes or less in only three of his 16 appearances and is the clear go-to option on offense whenever he's on the floor. He's averaging a career-high 23.9 points on the campaign, which is supported by a relatively sustainable shooting percentages from the field, three-point range and the free-throw line.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Enes Kanter: Notches big double-double
Kanter supplied 21 points (8-16 FG, 5-5 FT), 19 rebounds, three assists and one block across 38 minutes Sunday in the Knicks' 131-117 loss to the Magic.
After playing no more than 26 minutes in any of the previous four games, Kanter benefited from a huge spike with starting center Mitchell Robinson battling foul trouble during nine unproductive minutes on the floor. Whenever Kanter gets extended run, he's always a threat to challenge for a 20-20 performance, but coach David Fizdale's rotations remain far too volatile to bank on Kanter regularly exceeding 30 minutes most nights, much less pushing for 40. Kanter will continue to be a high-variance producer until Fizdale settles into a more predictable pattern with how he divvies up playing time.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Trey Burke: Erupts for 31 points
Burke tallied a season-high 31 points (11-20 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 8-10 FT), three rebounds, two assists and two steals across 29 minutes in Sunday's 131-117 loss to the Magic.
After the Knicks surrendered 44 points in the first quarter, coach David Fizdale leaned heavily on the second unit the rest of the way, allowing Burke, Enes Kanter (21 points, 19 rebounds) and Tim Hardaway (32 points) to all finish with big lines. Though Emmanuel Mudiay remains New York's starting point guard for now, Burke has at least gotten comfortable in his bench role the last two games, erupting for 55 points on 20-for-33 shooting from the field. As per usual, Burke's scoring hasn't come with much three-point production, as he's gone only 2-for-9 from distance over that stretch while hitting 75 percent of his two-point attempts. Burke has converted only 54.3 percent of his two-point tries over parts of two seasons with the Knicks and owns a 44.5 percent rate for his career, so regression should be coming hard in the near future.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Mario Hezonja: Does not play Sunday
Hezonja (illness) did not play in Sunday's game against the Magic.
Hezonja was a late addition to the injury report after coming town with an illness and ended up not seeing the court in Sunday's blowout loss to the Magic. It's unclear how severe the bug Hezonja is dealing with is, but he should be considered questionable against for Tuesday's outing against the Trail Blazers.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Mario Hezonja: Late-developing illness
Hezonja is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Magic with an illness, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.
This was a late addition to the injury report as Hezonja will be a true game-time decision Sunday. Although, he was a DNP-CD on Friday against the Pelicans, so his potential absence Sunday wouldn't necessarily open up playing time for his teammates.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Kevin Knox: Posts 11 in second-straight start
Knox recorded 11 points (4-9 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 0-1 FT), five rebounds, two assists and a steal across 21 minutes in Friday's 129-124 loss to the Pelicans.
Coach David Fitzdale may be inching closer to Gregg Popovich as the league's most frustrating coach with his haphazard lineup changes. Granted, a lot of this is due to the erratic play by his team, which is the likely culprit behind all the tinkering. After starting at the three on Wednesday, Knox slid over to the four spot against the Pels, sending Noah Vonleh to the bench. Knox's ankle sprain stopped his momentum, and although he's performed adequately, the first-round pick has yet to reach his potential. As the season progresses, Knox should get many more starting opportunities, and is definitely worth stashing on your bench until he comes into his own.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Emmanuel Mudiay: Logs 19 points in starting role
Mudiay posted 19 points (8-12 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), six rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots across 23 minutes in Friday's 129-124 loss to the Knicks.
Mudiay drew the start at point guard on Friday in what continues to be a puzzling situation in the Knicks' backcourt. Frank Ntilikina doesn't appear to be returning to a starting role anytime soon, and guys like Mudiay, Trey Burke and Alonzo Trier have certainly outdone Ntilikina so far this season. Mudiay really came into his own after joining the Knicks last season, where he ripped off big stat lines night-after-night despite averaging only 21 minutes per game over the last 25 games. With Ntilikina's benching, Mudiay, Burke and Trier all have enhanced value, but it's a toss-up as to who will be the best option moving forward.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Trey Burke: Provides spark off bench with 24 points
Burke produced 24 points (10-13 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-5 FT), a rebound, and assist, a steal and a blocked shot across 26 minutes in Friday's 129-124 loss to the Pelicans.
Burke, Emmanuel Mudiay and Alonzo Trier have been stewards of the Knicks' backcourt with varying levels of success, although they've all fared better than Frank Ntilikina, who's failed to live up to expectations and appears to be relegated to the bench until further notice. While Burke was red-hot from the floor on Friday, it's a bit of a crap-shoot in determining which guard will have the better evening. Burke's role is especially confusing, as he's been slotted as a DNP-CD three times this month. The former first-round pick out of Michigan has the goods when he gets an opportunity, but his future is uncertain in his third year with the Knicks.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Tim Hardaway: Scores team-high 30 points in loss
Hardaway recorded 30 points (9-23 FG, 4-12 3Pt, 8-10 FT), eight rebounds, two assists and two steals across 38 minutes in Friday's 129-124 loss to the Pelicans.
Hardaway showed his penchant for explosive play in Friday's narrow loss, but his production can be as erratic as the team he plays for. In his past six games, he's scored 30-plus points one day and seven points the next - making a volatile risk-reward guy for fantasy owners. Still, he's averaging 22.9 points per game, good enough for 17th in the league in that category.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Noah Vonleh: Coming off bench
Vonleh will be coming in off the bench in Friday's game at New Orleans, Mike Vorkunov of The Athleticreports.
Allonzo Trier will be getting the starting nod over Vonleh in Friday's contest and as a result, may decrease Vonleh's overall minutes. Teammate Kevin Knox will be starting at the power forward position with Trier moving into the starting small forward spot. Vonleh is currently averaging 22.1 minutes per game.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Allonzo Trier: In starting lineup Friday
Trier will start at shooting guard in Friday's game against the Pelicans, Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic reports.
Trier has been fantastic for the Knicks during the first two months of his rookie season, and now, after three straight losses, head coach David Fizdale is switching up the starting lineup again. This time, by adding Trier, he'll utilize a smaller starting five with fellow rookie Kevin Knox at the four and Noah Vonleh coming off the bench.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Mitchell Robinson: Active, starting Friday
Robinson (ankle) will play and start at center in Friday's game against the Pelicans, Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic reports.
Robinson was listed as probable for Friday's game with what was being considered a minor right ankle sprain. Robinson's minutes as a starter have fluctuated, however, and while he's proven to be a very capable shot blocker, he hasn't provided enough overall production to be a reliable fantasy option.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Mitchell Robinson: Probable with sprained ankle
Robinson is probable for Friday's game against the Pelicans due to a sprained right ankle, Steve Popper of Newsday reports.
Robinson played 18 minutes during Wednesday's game against the Thunder, totaling six points, three blocks, one rebound, one assist and one steal. He appears to have sprained his ankle at some point during the game, however, which could affect his availability Friday. Ultimately, he's expected to be available, but more information may arrive after Robinson tests things out during morning shootaround.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Enes Kanter: Scores 19 points off the bench
Kanter scored 19 points (8-11 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-3 FT), grabbed five rebounds, and dished one assist in 22 minutes Wednesday as the Knicks fell to the Thunder.
Wednesday marked the fourth instance in 15 games where Kanter registered single-digit rebounds and he has scored single-digit points in just three contests. He has established himself as a double-double threat and has proven himself to be quite durable over the course of his eight-year career. He has been as consistent as it gets for both the Knicks and fantasy owners so far this season, and there is no reason to expect that will change anytime soon.... See More ... See Less