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Knicks' Lance Thomas: Will start Wednesday
Thomas will draw the start Wednesday against the Rockets, Marc Berman of the New York Post reports.
With Luke Kornet out of the starting lineup with an ankle injury, Lance Thomas will join the starters in his place. It's unclear if he will remain with the starters for the duration of Kornet's absence. While with the starters, Thomas, who is averaging 15.2 minutes per game, should see a larger role.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Trey Burke: Off injury report
Burke (illness) isn't listed on the Knicks' injury report in advance of Wednesday's game against the Rockets.
Burke was inactive in Monday's 127-109 loss to the Thunder, but that may have had more to do with his status as a non-rotation player than any concern about his health. Now third on the depth chart at point guard, Burke isn't in line to see meaningful minutes anytime soon, though he may at least dress for Wednesday's contest. With center Luke Kornet (ankle) sitting out Wednesday and expected to remain out a couple of weeks, there will at least be one more active spot available for the Knicks than usual.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Enes Kanter: Likely back in starting five
Kanter is expected to move back into the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rockets, Steve Popper of Newsday reports.
Kanter has come off the bench since Christmas, but with the news that Luke Kornet (ankle) will miss several weeks, Kanter is the top candidate to return to the starting five, with rookie Mitchell Robinson serving as the backup. Coach David Fizdale has limited Kanter to minutes in the mid-20s on most nights, but Kanter has still proven to be a valuable points/rebounds producer, even in fairly limited action.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Luke Kornet: Out multiple weeks
Coach David Fizdale said Tuesday that Kornet (ankle) would be sidelined for "a couple of weeks," Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic reports.
Kornet suffered a left ankle sprain and bone bruise in Monday's loss to the Thunder and didn't return. He'll require a walking boot while he immediately begins rehab and is slated to miss at least the next seven games for New York. In his absence, Enes Kanter is expected to be thrust back into the starting lineup, but Mitchell Robinson should also see a boost in minutes at center.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Trey Burke: Sits out with illness
Burke (illness) was inactive for Monday's 127-109 loss to the Thunder.
Prior to falling ill, Burke had lost his spot as the second-string point guard to Frank Ntilikina. As such, it's likely he would have been excluded from coach David Fizdale's rotation or have been relegated to playing garbage-time minutes if he was healthy enough to play. Burke will turn his focus to shaking off the illness in advance of Wednesday's game against the Rockets.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Mitchell Robinson: Fouls out in 16 minutes of work
Robinson totaled eight points (4-4 FG, 0-1 FT), six rebounds, two blocked shots, an assist and a steal across 16 minutes in Monday's 127-109 loss to the Thunder.
Although this feat wasn't anywhere close to the record set by Bubba Wells, who fouled out in three minutes to curtail a Jordan-led Bulls team in the '90s - but fouling out with only 16 minutes on the court is definitely a special skill. Robinson played in his second game back from a groin injury that sidelined him for 13 games. His impact moving forward is unclear, but he'll likely sit at the end of the bench behind Noah BVonleh and Enes Kanter.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Emmanuel Mudiay: Posts mediocre line in loss
Mudiay produced 14 points (6-11 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT) two rebounds and two assists across 18 minutes in Monday's 127-109 loss to the Thunder.
Mudiay saw a dip in minutes on Monday, as Alonzo Trier saw more time since returning from his hamstring injury. Although coach David Fitzdale's rotation switches are common knowledge, Mudiay seemed to be immune to his whims over the past few weeks, logging an average of 31.1 minutes over 16 games. This was his lowest minutes total since December 9th, and with both Trier and Frank Ntilikina waiting in the wings, Mudiay owners might want to monitor the Knicks' backcourt usage in the short-term.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Allonzo Trier: Stuffs stat line from the bench
Trier turned in 16 points (3-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 10-10 FT), eight assists, six rebounds and two steals across 30 minutes in Monday's 127-109 loss to the Thunder.
Leave it to coach David Fitzdale to give a random guard 30 minutes, as his antics with the Knicks' rotation have made guys like Trier, Damyean Dotson and Frank Ntilikina the equivalent of fantasy kryptonite. The problem is that they all have potential, so it's no wonder that they feel the need to kick the tires with all of them. Trier is a perfect example of that potential, as the rookie out of Arizona has shown flashes of brilliance in limited action. This game is evidence that his hamstring injury is fully behind him, but more minutes for Trier only muddle the backcourt situation further.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Tim Hardaway: Scores team-high 23 points
Hardaway supplied 23 points (7-14 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 5-6 FT), three assists, two rebounds and a steal across 27 minutes in Monday's 127-109 loss to the Thunder.
Hardaway seems to be on the way to recovery after a lukewarm outing earlier in the week in London, where his injured hamstring seemed to be holding him up. Hardaway is effectively the main engine that keeps this Knicks team sputtering along. While it's a futile effort on most nights, Hardaway keeps lighting things up, and he's enjoying career-high averages in Points and assists in his second season with the Knicks.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Enes Kanter: Plays 19 minutes off bench
Kanter had 11 points (5-11 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT), three rebounds and one assist across 19 minutes in Monday's 127-109 loss to the Thunder.
Kanter returned from a three-game absence but came off the bench behind Luke Kornet, who exited the game after seven minutes with an ankle injury. Additionally, No. 2 center Mitchell Robinson fouled out in 16 minutes, so Kanter finished as the team leader in playing time at the position. Given the fact that coach David Fizdale intimated prior to the game that Kanter may not see minutes Monday, Kornet's injury complicates things a bit, as it's quite possible Kanter would have played a lesser role or none at all if the circumstances played out differently. Either way, Kanter reiterated after the game that he's not pleased with his role, per Ian Begley of ESPN.com. For now, he looks to be third on the depth chart, but Kanter could step back into expanded duties on the second unit in the short term if Kornet misses time.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Luke Kornet: Will not return Monday
Kornet suffered a sprained left ankle during Monday's game against the Thunder and will not return, Chris Iseman of The Bergen Record reports.
Kornet played just seven minutes before suffering the injury, finishing with two points and one rebound. Per Iseman, the big man is scheduled to undergo an MRI in the coming days after initial X-rays came back inconclusive. If Kornet is forced to miss any action, Mitchell Robinson and Enes Kanter would pick up the slack at center.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Enes Kanter: Not guaranteed minutes Monday
Kanter will serve as the Knicks' third-string center Monday against the Thunder, Marc Berman of the New York Post reports.
While Kanter is active for the first time in three games, coach David Fizdale made it clear that the big man is not guaranteed minutes Monday. Fizdale added that it's a "priority" to find playing time for fellow bigs Luke Kornet and Mitchell Robinson, making it sound like Kanter could continue to take a backseat to Kornet and Robinson moving forward.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Enes Kanter: Lifted from injury report
Kanter (personal/illness) doesn't appear on the Knicks' injury report in advance of Monday's game against the Thunder.
Kanter has been unavailable for the Knicks' last three games. On the first two occasions, Kanter was sidelined with an illness, while his most recent absence came in Thursday's loss to the Wizards, when he was unable to secure a visa that would allow him to travel to London for the game. With the Knicks having returned stateside, Kanter will be good to go for the start of the team's two-game homestand. He'll likely fill his usual role on the second unit, though he could notice a drop in the 25.3 minutes per game he's been averaging thus far in January now that fellow center Mitchell Robinson (groin/ankle) is back in the fold after a lengthy absence.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Trey Burke: Questionable Monday
Burke is questionable for Monday's game against the Thunder due to an illness, Brian Heyman of Newsday reports.
Burke has apparently come down with the bug and, as a result, missed practice Sunday. If the Michigan product needs at least one game to recover, it shouldn't hurt the Knicks all that much though, especially since Burke has recently fallen out of the rotation anyways.... See More ... See Less