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Knicks' Trey Burke: Generates 19 points off bench
Burke netted 19 points (8-15 FG, 3-5 3Pt), three rebounds and three assists across 26 minutes in the Knicks' 118-114 loss to the Trail Blazers on Tuesday.
Burke continues to see plenty of run off the bench and produce with it, as he's now strung together three straight double-digit scoring efforts during which he's averaging 24.7 points on 60.4 percent shooting. The Michigan product has outplayed starter Emmanuel Mudiay recently, but coach David Fizdale may opt to continue deploying Burke on the second unit for the time being due to the infusion of offense he provides off the bench.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Noah Vonleh: Double-doubles against old squad
Vonleh produced 14 points (4-8 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-8 FT), 14 rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block across 37 minutes in the Knicks' 118-114 loss to the Trail Blazers on Tuesday.
Vonleh drew the start against one of his old squads and responded with his first double-double since Nov. 7. The fifth-year veteran equaled a season high in scoring while also establishing a new high-water mark in rebounds. Vonleh had ceded some starts recently to Kevin Knox at power forward, and it remains to be seen if Tuesday's strong effort will lead to another run with the first unit versus the Celtics on Wednesday.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Tim Hardaway: Another 32-point effort in loss
Hardaway generated 32 points (10-21 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 9-9 FT), five rebounds, four assists and one steal across 37 minutes in the Knicks' 118-114 loss to the Trail Blazers on Tuesday.
Hardaway managed his second consecutive 32-point tally and third straight 30-point effort overall with the help of another strong showing from three-point range. The 26-year-old is now 8-for-16 from behind the arc over the last two games, and he's taken a whopping 28 attempts from distance over the last trio of contests. Hardaway's usage -- which has already led to career highs in points (24.4) and shot attempts (18.5) -- figures to remain especially elevated as long as Kristaps Porzingis (knee) is sidelined.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Kevin Knox: Coming off bench Tuesday
Knox will come off the bench Tuesday against the Trail Blazers, Chris Iseman of The Bergen Record reports.
Knox will head to the pine while coach David Fizdale opts to start Noah Vonleh at power forward. Still, it would be surprising if Knox saw under 20 minutes, which is a mark he's reached in each of the past five games. During that stretch, he's averaged 11.8 points and 3.2 rebounds on 34.5 percent shooting.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Noah Vonleh: Starting Tuesday
Vonleh will start Tuesday against the Trail Blazers, Chris Iseman of The Bergen Record reports.
Coach David Fizdale continues to shuffle through starting fives. Tuesday, he'll opt to send Kevin Knox to the pine while Vonleh draws the start at power forward.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Allonzo Trier: Coming off bench Tuesday
Trier will come off the bench in Tuesday's matchup against the Trail Blazers, Chris Iseman of The Bergen Record reports.
Coach David Fizdale continues to experiment with his rotations and starting five. Tuesday, he'll opt to send Trier to the bench in favor of Mario Hezonja.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Mitchell Robinson: Coming off bench Tuesday
Robinson will come off the bench Tuesday against the Trail Blazers, Chris Iseman of The Bergen Record reports.
New York's rotation and starting five continues to be in flux. Coach David Fizdale will opt to start Enes Kanter at center on Tuesday. The decision could be matchup-based, as Kanter is a similar size to opposing center Jusuf Nurkic.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Mario Hezonja: Starting Tuesday's game
Hezonja will start Tuesday against the Trail Blazers, Chris Iseman of The Record reports.
The Knicks will once again shake up the starting lineup, this time going with Emmanuel Mudiay and Tim Hardaway, Jr. in the backcourt, with Hezonja, Noah Vonleh and Enes Kanter up front. Hezonja missed the team's previous game with an illness and was a surprising DNP-CD in the contest prior.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Enes Kanter: Starting Tuesday
Kanter will start Tuesday against the Trail Blazers, Chris Iseman of The Bergen Record reports.
The Knicks' starting five has been relatively in flux all season. The decision to start Kanter on Tuesday may be matchup-based, as he'll be going up against a similarly-sized player in Jusuf Nurkic.... See More ... See Less
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