Player News - Knicks

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Lance Thomas is starting against the Jazz on Wednesday.

The Knicks will go with their smaller lineup and put Kristaps Porzingis at the one. Thomas only averaged 9.5 points per game as a starter, so he's not really someone fantasy owners should be using.
Mar 22 - 10:20 PM

Willy Hernangomez is listed as a reserve for Wednesday's game, with Lance Thomas starting alongside Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis.

The Knicks are mixing things up against Utah's imposing defense, with Porzingis lining up across from Rudy Gobert. Hernangomez hasn't been great as a starter in his past few games, so hopefully the benching will fire him up.
Mar 22 - 10:19 PM

Carmelo Anthony's minutes will be reduced over the final 12 games of the season.

The change will be immediate, with Melo playing fewer minutes on Wednesday vs. Utah. "[Coach Jeff Hornacek] mentioned today that he's going to start shortening minutes," Anthony said. Melo did not give details as to exactly how many minutes he might play. He logged only 25 on Monday, but that game was a blowout. The Knicks have a back-to-back on Wednesday and Thursday, so there is a possibility Melo sits out Thursday's contest. "That's not (anything) that we've discussed so far as of yet," Anthony said of missing the second night of a back-to-back.
Mar 21 - 7:47 PM

Carmelo Anthony hinted that he might be willing to waive his no-trade clause this offseason.

This year will be the fourth straight season the Knicks have failed to qualify for the playoffs. Speaking with reporters on Monday, Melo was introspective. "Honestly, I think about it a lot," he said. "I try to put everything into perspective. I think about [New York], I think postseason... It makes you want to think about what’s next or what could be next." Melo had been averaging over 36 minutes per game for the last two months but played just 25 in Monday night's blowout. He may be rested once or twice over New York's final 12 games.
Source: Newsday
Mar 21 - 9:26 AM

Lance Thomas scored just two points with one assist and one rebound in 15 minutes off the bench against the Clippers on Monday.

Thomas was back to a reserve role with Kristaps Porzingis (thigh) back in action. As such, Thomas is back to having very minimal fantasy appeal. However, with the Knicks all but eliminated from a spot in the postseason the team could shut down some key members and Thomas might return to a starting role. For now, most fantasy owners can leave him to the waiver wire.
Mar 21 - 1:28 AM

Justin Holiday scored 11 points with four rebounds and three assists in Monday's 114-105 loss against the Clippers.

Holiday racked up 27 minutes, his highest total since Feb. 1. He has played more than 20 minutes in each of the pat three outings, however, as the Knicks continues to give him a look and see if he is someone to rely upon in 2017-18 and beyond. As such, he is worth using in most deeper fantasy leagues since he should log plenty of minutes down the stretch.
Mar 21 - 1:18 AM

Courtney Lee scored just two points, missing five of his six field goal attempts, in Monday's 114-105 loss against the Clippers.

That's two poor outings over the past three games. Ron Baker picked up the slack in Monday's loss, but it's hard to see him eating into the veteran Lee's minutes just yet. Despite the rough patch recently he has been a solid source of 3-pointers and rebounds for most fantasy owners while also chipping in with a steal or two in rotisserie formats.
Mar 21 - 1:16 AM

Kristaps Porzingis (thigh) finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and two steals in 32 minutes in Monday's loss against the Clippers.

Porzingis looked pretty sharp in his return from a thigh injury and as expected he did not play with any kind of a minutes cap. In fact, he played all the way down to the final minute despite a lopsided score for most of the second half. With Porzingis back it was Lance Thomas sliding back to a reserve role. It appears safe to plug Porzingis back into the active fantasy lineup in all leagues.
Mar 21 - 1:08 AM

Kristaps Porzingis (bruised left thigh) will play Monday vs. the Clippers.

Porzingis was a full participant during Sunday's practice, and there's been no discussion of a minutes limit, so owners can feel confident plugging Porzingis back into their starting lineup following a one-game absence. With Porzingis back in action, Lance Thomas will likely return to the bench, and he'll lose most of his value with the demotion to the second unit.
Mar 20 - 2:43 PM

Kristaps Porzingis (bruised left thigh) practiced on Sunday and said he hopes to play vs. the Clippers on Monday.

The official game notes have Porzingis listed as 'out' but that's usually meaningless, since game notes tend to parrot whatever happened in the previous game. Both KP and coach Jeff Hornacek have been optimistic that he'll play on Monday, so all signs are pointing in that direction. Check back for more concrete updates following shootaround.
Mar 19 - 6:15 PM

Kristaps Porzingis (thigh) is listed as out in the Sunday game notes for Monday's game against the Clippers.

To be very clear here, this does not mean he is out for this game. Porzingis said he is expected to play in this game and coach Jeff Hornacek also added he thinks Porzingis had a good chance to play. We should have another update Monday afternoon before fantasy owners have to set their rosters.
Source: NBA.com
Mar 19 - 1:50 PM

Kristaps Porzingis (thigh) said he believes his injury is "nothing serious" and that he plans on playing Monday night vs. the Clippers.

KP sat out Thursday's game after injuring his thigh in Tuesday's win over the Pacers. "This is just one game, the muscle swelled up. That’s how I see it right now. Nothing serious," said Porzingis. He also quickly dismissed the notion that he would be shut down at some point later this season. "If I’m healthy, I want to be out there. Not even a question." This is encouraging news for fantasy owners.
Mar 18 - 9:43 AM

Carmelo Anthony made 6-of-18 from the field for 17 points with six rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and one turnover in 37 minutes during a 121-110 loss to the Nets on Thursday.

That's a disappointing line in a dream matchup at home, and Kristaps Porzingis (thigh) didn't even play. Anthony is on pace to have his first full month under 20 points per game since January of last season. The Knicks are likely to be out of the playoff race in a couple weeks, which means the Melo shutdown watch will be on. He's obviously worth using when he's active, but expect his value to trend down.
Mar 16 - 10:57 PM

Kyle O'Quinn filled it up off the bench against the Nets on Thursday, scoring a season-high 23 points with eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block on Thursday.

Leave it to Kyle Yoyo'Quinn to have a DNP-CD on Tuesday and bust out the next game. Kristaps Porzingis (thigh) not playing in this game explains most of it and Willy Hernangomez also had some foul trouble. With KP not expected to miss many games, KOQ is only a speculative add.
Mar 16 - 10:47 PM

Willy Hernangomez did not fare well his start against the Nets on Thursday with four points, six rebounds and one steal in 19 minutes.

Foul trouble was the culprit here and he could not handle Brook Lopez down low. There's really nothing to this game besides rookies just having bad games. Hernangomez should remain owned in standard leagues even if Kristaps Porzingis (thigh) can return this weekend.
Mar 16 - 10:38 PM


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