Player News - Knicks

Date: Team: Pos:

Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Kristaps Porzingis will be out several days with an ankle injury, but that there is only swelling and no ligament damage in the ankle.

Porzingis stepped on his teammate's foot late in the first half of Thursday night's loss to the Cavs. However, this update from Woj qualifies as good news, as Porzingis was seen in a walking boot late Thursday night and some feared a more significant injury. The Knicks play the Sixers on Saturday and the Raptors on Monday, so it's safe to assume KP will miss both of those games. Lance Thomas, who started in place of Porzingis in the second half on Thursday, will see an increase in playing time. Willy Hernangomez and Mindaugas Kuzminskas will also see a boost.
Feb 24 - 2:01 PM

Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points with five rebounds, five assists and two 3-pointers in 40 minutes during a 119-104 loss to the Cavs on Thursday.

The rumors were seemingly endless on Melo being traded, but there was never a sense that Anthony would waive his no-trade clause this season. He could really have to carry the Knicks in the short term with Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) getting hurt and needing a walking boot after the game. Melo gets a 6.0 usage rate bump when KP is on the bench, so expect some bigger lines until the Knicks get their Unicorn back.
Feb 24 - 12:08 AM

Willy Hernangomez scored 11 points with 10 rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 27 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

He looks to be locked in as the starter at least until Joakim Noah (hamstring) is out, and he could also get an expanded offensive role with Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) being in a walking boot. Hernangomez should be owned in all standard leagues.
Feb 24 - 12:04 AM

Derrick Rose scored 13 points with two rebounds, four assists and one turnover in 32 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

The Knicks reportedly tried to unload Rose at the deadline, but they couldn't get any takers. There were some reports that teams are concerned Rose will want too much money next season, which isn't surprising based on how he hasn't even come close to living up to his current contract. His fantasy value has been better than expected, but he's still only a low-end guy at best.
Feb 23 - 11:52 PM

Brandon Jennings scored seven points with two rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 14 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

The Knicks did sit Jennings in the final game of the first half of the season to rest an Achilles issue. For tonight, he didn't get any combo guard minutes with Derrick Rose, which explains the low playing time. Jennings won't have much value when Rose is in the lineup.
Feb 23 - 11:48 PM

Lance Thomas started the third quarter for Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) on Thursday, finishing with nine points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer against the Cavs.

Porzingis was in a walking boot after the game, so it's certainly possible he misses time. If so, Thomas would likely be thrust into the starting lineup for the seventh time this season. In his previous six starts, he averaged 6.2 points, 1.7 boards, 1.0 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.7 treys. He would only be a speculative add in deeper leagues.
Feb 23 - 11:45 PM

Mindaugas Kuzminskas played all of his seven minutes in the second half on Thursday against the Cavs, posting just one turnover with no other stats.

He could be looking at some minutes with Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) in a walking boot. While Kuzminskas did put up numbers the last time KP was out, it's important to remember Lance Thomas wasn't around for most of that stretch. Kuzminskas aka Cheese isn't worth adding unless you're desperate.
Feb 23 - 11:40 PM

Kyle O'Quinn scored four points with 10 rebounds, one steal and one turnover in 19 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

With Joakim Noah (hamstring) still on the shelf and Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) getting hurt today, O'Quinn may have to play minutes in the 20s until those guys can come back. He is as inconsistent as they come and coming off the bench won't help, but KOQ is worth a look for anyone needing a big man with defensive stats in the short term.
Feb 23 - 11:33 PM

Courtney Lee (illness) scored a game-high 25 points against the Cavs on Thursday, adding six rebounds, five assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

He was sick this morning, but managed to hit a season high in scoring. Lee has been a sneaky stud in standard fantasy leagues, posting fifth-round value in his last 15 games. While he won't be this good, he should be owned in standard leagues.
Feb 23 - 11:31 PM

Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) was in a walking boot after Thursday's game.

Coach Jeff Hornacek said Porzingis suffered a mild ankle sprain after stepping on Willy Hernangomez's foot. Porzingis could get further testing on his ligaments in his ankle and could miss time. If he is out, Lance Thomas would benefit the most with Willy Hernangomez, Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Justin Holiday all likely to see minor increases in playing time.
Feb 23 - 11:24 PM

Kristaps Porzingis (right ankle) will not return against the Cavs on Thursday.

He gets ruled out eight minutes after he was called questionable to return. It's worth a mention that this is to the same right leg that had Achilles problems -- yes, Achilles and ankles are different things. The Knicks are going nowhere fast, so expect them to be taking it easy on their franchise guy. With him out, we'll see more minutes for Lance Thomas, Justin Holiday and maybe Mindaugas Kuzminskas gets back in the rotation. Willy Hernangomez also benefits with more usage, as well. Porzingis finished with eight points, five boards and two blocks in 16 minutes.
Feb 23 - 9:24 PM

Kristaps Porzingis suffered a sprained ankle on Thursday night and is questionable to return to the game.

He has eight points, five boards and two blocks at half time and we'll let you know if he's back out there at the start of the third quarter. If not, Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Lance Thomas might be a little busier than usual.
Feb 23 - 9:19 PM

Courtney Lee (illness) is in the starting lineup against the Cavs on Thursday.

He was not feeling well this morning and could be limit. If he is, Justin Holiday and Brandon Jennings could see some added minutes. Lee has been a sneaky asset in standard leagues and is a low-end hold.
Feb 23 - 8:13 PM

Brandon Jennings (Achilles) arrived at practice early on Thursday and is fully expected to play against the Cavs.

He did not play in the final game before the break, so it was likely precautionary. If Courtney Lee (illness) can't play, Jennings could get some added minutes next to Derrick Rose.
Feb 23 - 4:29 PM

New York and Minnesota talks for a Derrick Rose trade have "stalled significantly," according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

This is music to the ears of Wolves fans. There is a chance Rose is still dealt, but the Knicks are not getting many bites on their expiring Rose contract. For now, expect Rose to stay put today.
Feb 23 - 2:44 PM


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