Player News - Knicks

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Jason Smith played 30 minutes against the Pacers during a 103-82 loss on Thursday, scoring eight points, seven rebounds, five assists and one steal.

Smith was popped in the mouth a couple times tonight, but he's fine. It was a decent game and he didn't even play in the fourth quarter. He's certainly not the hottest property in fantasy, but he's getting it done over his last five, averaging 10.2 points, 6.6 boards, 3.4 assists, 1.2 blocks, 0.8 steals and 0.6 treys. He's worth a look.
Jan 29 - 10:01 PM

Jose Calderon scored just nine points against the Pacers on Thursday with six assists, one 3-pointer and no turnovers in 28 minutes.

He didn't play in the fourth quarter and the Knicks being blown out had a lot to do with Calderon's awful defense. Calderon has been a ghost in his last three games, scoring just 5.7 points with 7.0 assists per game. The upside is there in standard leagues to keep him on your roster, but he's not worth holding in points leagues.
Jan 29 - 9:54 PM

Tim Hardaway Jr. sprained his ankle at the end of Thursday's game against the Pacers, finishing with 11 points, five rebounds, one assist, one block and two 3-pointers.

He looked like he was able to walk it off and he didn't go to the locker room, so the Knicks might have just kept him out because the game was over. Hardaway Jr. is going to have a tough time putting up stats while Carmelo Anthony is active.
Jan 29 - 9:49 PM

Lou Amundson played 21 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday with 17 points, three rebounds, one assist and one block.

With Amare Stoudemire and Cole Aldrich out, he's really thinly capable center on the team. Amundson did not even play in the fourth quarter and he was well on his way to a big game. Amundson could barely get minutes last season, but these are your 2014-15 New York Knicks we're talking about here. He's worth a look in deep leagues.
Jan 29 - 9:45 PM

Cleanthony Early played 18 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday with two points, four rebounds, one steal and two blocks.

He did not play in the last two games and coach Derek Fisher gave him a chance tonight. While garbage time was a factor, Early did get some run in the first half. The upside is alluring, but he'll need a couple guys to miss time in order to see minutes in the 20s.
Jan 29 - 9:37 PM

Lance Thomas scored eight points with two rebounds and two turnovers against the Pacers on Thursday in 24 minutes.

He started slow and was a disappointment following his 17-point gem on Wednesday. Thomas logs minutes at both forward spots and he amazingly played in all but two of the five-man lineups from Saturday's game without Carmelo Antony and Amare Stoudemire, which indicates how much coach Derek Fisher trusts him right now. Thomas won't have much value now, but he'll see a nice increase on the nights Melo sits.
Jan 29 - 9:32 PM

Carmelo Anthony played 25 minutes on the second game of a back-to-back set on Thursday, scoring 18 points with one rebound, one assist, one block and two 3-pointers against the Pacers.

He didn't play in the last 15 minutes, but that was because the Knicks were down 25 points at the time of his departure. Anthony playing in both games of a back-to-back set is a great sign, but there was just too much talk of him being shut down from his fantasy owners to feel comfortable with him being able to stay on the court this season. He's still a sell-high player and always will be.
Jan 29 - 9:27 PM

Langston Galloway made just 2-of-10 from the field for four points with two rebounds, two assists and no turnovers in 35 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday.

At least the minutes were there. He's an undrafted rookie, so there were going to be games like this one. Additionally, Galloway has double-digit shots in each of his last six games with at least 31 minutes, as well. He's probably going to be able to score double-digit points with some steals and treys, but the sub-par shooting certainly caps his upside. He's a fringe player to own in standard leagues.
Jan 29 - 9:18 PM

Amare Stoudemire (wrist, ankle) will not suit up for Thursday's game vs. the Pacers, as expected.

He's not expected to play until sometime next week, and given the Knicks' record and their hopes of landing a high draft pick, the more time Stoudemire spends on the sidelines the better. Lance Thomas, Jason Smith, and Louis Amundson will all split Stoudemire's minutes.

Carmelo Anthony will start vs. the Pacers on Thursday.

The Knicks are currently in the second game of a back-to-back set, so the fact that Melo is playing is certainly an encouraging sign. Anthony is still capable of putting up amazing stats when in uniform, so owners should really use this as a selling point as the shut-down talks aren’t going away any time soon.
Jan 29 - 5:42 PM

Cole Aldrich (shin) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Pacers.

With Aldrich unavailable, Louis Amundson will get all the run he can handle, with Jason Smith and Lance Thomas seeing some extended minutes.
Jan 29 - 5:38 PM

Lou Amundson will sign a deal on Tuesday that will keep him with the Knicks for the rest of the 2014-15 season.

While Amundson has been a solid addition to the Knicks' depleted frontcourt, his fantasy value is limited to deeper leagues and owners who are in dire need of blocks. The journeyman has averaged 4.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 2.0 blocks over his last 10 games, but his 23.0 minute average over that span points to the risk that comes with starting Amundson on any given night.
Jan 29 - 11:10 AM

Carmelo Anthony said Langston Galloway's recent play reminds him of Linsanity.

Thinking back to the 2011-12 season, Melo compared Galloway's recent play to Jeremy Lin's magical 35-game run. "I don’t know man, I would say probably ‘Linsanity,’" Anthony said. "[Jeremy Lin] wasn’t a rookie but he was here and he had that mindset of taking the big shot when he first got here." Galloway is averaging 15.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.4 steals, and 2.0 treys over his last give games and is a must-own player as long as he's getting consistent minutes.
Source: ESPN NY
Jan 29 - 10:52 AM

The Knicks are expected to extend Lance Thomas' contract for the remainder of the season.

Thomas' second 10-day contract is due to end Friday, so this move will keep him from hitting the free agent market. The 26-year-old is averaging 11.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 2.4 assists over his last five games and is worth a look in deeper fantasy leagues.
Jan 29 - 9:51 AM

Jason Smith had 11 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and a steal on 5-of-10 shooting in another start on Wednesday.

Smith is quietly playing well for the Knicks, as the tankers give guys heavy minutes who probably have no business getting heavy NBA minutes. Smith is averaging 11.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.6 blocks and a ridiculous 34 minutes a game over his last five, making him worth a look in many leagues. Then again, he's Jason Smith.
Jan 29 - 4:13 AM

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