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Knicks' Kevin Knox: Hot streak continues
Knox scored 20 points (7-15 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 3-6 FT) while adding three rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block in 42 minutes during Friday's 126-124 overtime win over the Hornets.
He won't turn 20 until next August, but Knox is proving he belongs in the NBA, scoring at least 19 points in three straight games while shooting 52.6 percent (10-for-19) from three-point range. The ninth overall pick in the 2018 draft still has a lot of development ahead of him, but he's already giving the Knicks a scoring threat in the frontcourt to help cover for the absence of the injured Kristaps Porzingis (knee).... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Noah Vonleh: Grabs ninth double-double
Vonleh scored 15 points (5-13 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 3-6 FT) while adding 11 rebounds, seven assists and a block in 42 minutes during Friday's 126-124 overtime win over the Hornets.
It's his ninth double-double of the season, as the fifth-year forward continues to put together a somewhat modest career year for the Knicks. Now with his fourth NBA club, Vonleh is getting a bigger opportunity in New York than he did in his previous stops, but in the long run he's just keeping Kristaps Porzingis' (knee) spot in the starting five warm.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Emmanuel Mudiay: Career night in OT win
Mudiay scored a game-high 34 points (14-21 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 5-6 FT) while adding eight assists, three rebounds and two steals in 41 minutes during Friday's 126-124 overtime win over the Hornets.
On a night when every starter on both teams scored in double digits, it was Mudiay who shone brightest, erupting for a new career high and racking up 14 of his points in the fourth quarter, including the game-tying bucket inside the final 30 seconds of regulation. The 22-year-old is seizing firm hold of the starting point guard job with the Knicks, and while the former Nugget has been a disappointment so far in his NBA career, Mudiay is still young enough to turn things around and develop into the player he was expected to be as the seventh overall selection in the 2015 draft.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Frank Ntilikina: Will not return Friday
Ntilikina will not return to Friday's game against the Hornets due to sprained right ankle, Chris Iseman of The Bergen Record reports.
Ntilikina provided three points (1-4 FG, 1-2 3PT, 1-2 3PT), three rebounds, one assist, one block and two steals across 15 minutes before leaving the contest. The severity of the issue is not known at this time, but his status for Sunday's matchup with the Pacers is certainly up in the air. Expect an update on his status once the Knicks provide more information.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Mitchell Robinson: Won't return Friday
Robinson (ankle) has been ruled out for the remainder of Friday's game against the Hornets, Steve Popper of Newsday reports.
Robinson had to be helped to the locker room after suffering the injury, so this announcement doesn't come as a huge shock. His X-rays did come back negative, however, which is relatively good news for his availability moving forward.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Mitchell Robinson: Suffers ankle injury
Robinson was helped to the locker room during Friday's game against the Hornets after landing badly on his left ankle, Marc Berman of the New York Post reports.
Robinson has been batting left ankle soreness since the preseason, so this news isn't encouraging. It seems unlikely he'll return to Friday's contest.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Lance Thomas: Remains out Friday
Thomas (knee) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Hornets, Steve Popper of Newsday reports.
As expected, Lance Thomas will remain sidelined for Friday's game while he continues to work his way back from surgery on his left knee. It's unclear exactly when Thomas will be cleared to return, but his next opportunity will be when the team heads to Indiana on Sunday.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Damyean Dotson: Ruled out Friday
Dotson (shoulder) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Hornets, Steve Popper of Newsday reports.
Dotson popped up on the injury report for Friday's game after suffering a shoulder bruise in Wednesday's loss to the Cavaliers. It's unclear how severe it is at this time, so consider Dotson day-to-day for now. In his absence, Cortney Lee should be in line for additional minutes off the bench.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Trey Burke: Remains out Friday
Burke (knee) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Hornets, Steve Popper of Newsday reports.
The hope was that Burke could return at some point during the Knicks' current road trip, but it was a long shot that he would be cleared prior to Friday's contest. As a result, Burke's last chance to play before the team returns home will be Sunday against the Pacers.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Damyean Dotson: Added to injury report
Dotson (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Hornets, Steve Popper of Newsday reports.
Dotson is dealing with a shoulder bruise that he picked up during Wednesday's loss to the Cavaliers. He'll likely test the issue out during Friday's pregame warmups before the Knicks make a decision regarding his availability. If Dotson is deemed unable to play, Tim Hardaway and Courtney Lee would likely benefit from some increased opportunities.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Lance Thomas: Doubtful to return Friday
Thomas (knee) is considered doubtful to return for Friday's game against the Hornets, Steve Popper of The Record reports.
Thomas has been out since early November after undergoing a minor procedure on his left knee, and while he's nearing a return, the Knicks don't expect to have him back Friday. His next chance to play will arrive Sunday in Indianapolis. Once Thomas is cleared to play, he'll likely have his workload monitored.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Allonzo Trier: Signing two-year deal with Knicks
Trier (hamstring) agreed to a two-year deal with the Knicks on Thursday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Trier opened his rookie season on a two-way contract, but it was anything but that seeing as though he was almost immediately featured in the team's rotation. With that, his 45 days he's allotted to spend with the team were about to expire, and he has now signed a full-time deal with the team. Trier, however, is currently out for at least the next two games while nursing a strained left hamstring. Ron Baker will be waived to clear a roster spot for Trier.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Kevin Knox: Drops 19 in return to starting five
Knox scored 19 points (7-15 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT) while adding seven rebounds, two blocks and an assist in 33 minutes during Wednesday's 113-106 loss to the Cavaliers.
Making just his fourth start of the season, the rookie put together another strong performance. Knox's role in the offense is on the upswing again -- he's attempted double-digit FGs in five of the last six games -- and while the Knicks will likely keep a close eye on the teenager's workload, he's got a high fantasy ceiling given his talent and the team's need for someone other than Tim Hardaway Jr. to provide consistent scoring.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Tim Hardaway: Pops for 20 again
Hardaway scored 20 points (6-18 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 4-4 FT) while adding five rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block in 43 minutes during Wednesday's 113-106 loss to the Cavaliers.
It wasn't an efficient performance. but Hardaway still dropped at least 20 points for the fifth time in the last six games. The 26-year-old remains the primary shooting threat on the Knicks, but his usage could decline as the season progresses if younger players like Kevin Knox stake a claim to a larger role in the offense.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Enes Kanter: Double-double in loss
Kanter scored 20 points (8-12 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 3-3 FT) while adding 10 rebounds and three assists in 33 minutes during Wednesday's 113-106 loss to the Cavaliers.
He tied Tim Hardaway Jr. for the team lead in scoring on the night, while the double-double was Kanter's 19th in 29 games. The 26-year-old is posting numbers slightly better than last season's career-best performance, but his role on a rebuilding Knicks roster could diminish as the season progresses if the coaching staff decides to give his minutes to younger players.... See More ... See Less