Player News - Knicks

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Kristaps Porzingis scored a team-high 18 points during a 110-95 loss in Portland on Thursday, adding nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and three blocks.

The Knicks did not use Derrick Rose (foot), Carmelo Anthony (knee) and Lance Thomas (hip) in this game, so KP was the main man. In his minutes without Rose and Melo this year, Porzingis has a 26.6 usage rate while his rebounding rate and efficiency are similar, so he will be taking plenty of shots if those guys remain out. Also, Porzingis was asked about missing time earlier this month, and he kind of laughed it off. With the Knicks almost certainly going to be eliminated this weekend, it's certainly possible they rest KP. All his owners can do is just plug him in there and hope he's not going to rest.
Mar 24 - 12:45 AM

Mindaugas Kuzminskas scored 14 points with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes during a start against the Blazers on Thursday.

The Knicks will probably be getting an extended look at their European rookie. Kuzminskas was barely in the rotation before this game, so he would need Carmelo Anthony (knee) to get shut down. There's a decent chance that'll happen, especially with the Knicks on the brink of being eliminated from playoff contention. Still, Kuzminskas' upside isn't too attractive, so most owners can wait for some concrete news on Melo before taking the plunge on Cheese.
Mar 24 - 12:40 AM

Chasson Randle scored 13 points with two rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 19 minutes against the Blazers on Thursday.

If Derrick Rose (foot) misses more time, coach Jeff Hornacek may look at Randle more to help add some points for the second unit. Randle is still only a speculative add in very deep leagues, but he does have a higher upside than Ron Baker.
Mar 24 - 12:36 AM

Willy Hernangomez scored 10 points in the starting lineup against the Blazers on Thursday, adding eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 21 minutes.

The Knicks are not getting much out of their Willy and Kristaps Porzingis frontcourt these days, giving up 30 points in the paint in the first half tonight. Since the break, that combo has a woeful 121.8 defensive rating, so something has to give here. Whatever coach Jeff Hornacek decides to do, Hernangomez should get enough minutes to remain owned in standard leagues.
Mar 24 - 12:33 AM

Kyle O'Quinn scored four points with seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 22 minutes against the Blazers on Thursday.

The Knicks not having most of their depth up front allowed O'Quinn to get some decent run off the bench. O'Quinn only played 12 minutes combined in his previous two games, so he would need Lance Thomas (hip) and Carmelo Anthony (knee) to miss additional games. KOQ is only worth a speculative look until we know more about how much time Melo is going to miss.
Mar 24 - 12:28 AM

Courtney Lee scored 16 points with one rebound, four assists, one steal and two turnovers in 41 minutes against the Blazers on Thursday.

The Knicks are probably going to start rolling the tank, which could mean more shots for Lee going forward. On the other hand, it's possible he gets some time off to get a look at some of their other younger players. Lee is still worth owning for now and he hasn't been rested yet this season -- he's had two different injury stints.
Mar 24 - 12:23 AM

Ron Baker scored four points in a start against the Blazers on Thursday with one rebound, four assists, one steal and one block in 24 minutes.

It's never easy to tell how long Derrick Rose (foot) is going to be out, but his track record suggests he could miss additional time. Still, Baker just doesn't do enough on the stat sheet to add speculatively.
Mar 24 - 12:19 AM

Willy Hernangomez will start against the Blazers on Thursday.

He should get some serious minutes with Kyle O'Quinn backing him up. Plus, the Blazers have given up some big lines to centers, so Willy could be in for a big night. He should be owned in all leagues.
Mar 23 - 9:42 PM

Ron Baker will start for Derrick Rose (foot) on Thursday against the Blazers.

Baker should be splitting the minutes with fellow rookie Chasson Randle tonight. Plus, the Knicks would likely run some two-PG lineups against the quicker Blazers backcourt. Randle has the higher upside, but most fantasy owners can ignore this situation unless Rose gets ruled out for multiple games.
Mar 23 - 9:40 PM

Ron Baker, Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Willy Hernangomez will start against the Blazers on Thursday.

The Knicks are extremely shorthanded with Carmelo Anthony (knee), Derrick Rose (foot) and Lance Thomas (hip) not playing. Kuzminskas should be getting some heavy run as the starter, but it's tough to pick him up unless Melo gets ruled out for multiple games. Kristaps Porzingis is going to be doing some serious heavy lifting.
Mar 23 - 9:38 PM

Lance Thomas (sore right hip) will not play against the Blazers on Thursday night.

Thomas played 32 minutes in a start on Wednesday and apparently picked up an injury along the way. With Thomas and Carmelo Anthony (knee) out, the Knicks will likely play more Willy Hernangomez and Kyle O'Quinn next to each other. We should see more Mindaugas Kuzminskas and a little bit of Justin Holiday at the three.
Mar 23 - 8:34 PM

Derrick Rose (sore right foot) will not play against the Blazers on Thursday.

He suffered the injury late on Wednesday night and was limping after the game. Rose missing a game due to injury is nothing new and he could miss more time as he approaches free agency this summer. The Knicks should get a look at Chasson Randle and Ron Baker tonight, but both are not really great fantasy adds unless Rose is ruled out for multiple games.
Mar 23 - 8:31 PM

Carmelo Anthony (sore left knee) and Derrick Rose (sore right foot) will not play against the Blazers on Thursday.

It will be Melo's second half off this month and his first March DNP was also due to his sore left knee. With the Knicks quickly falling out of the playoff race, the likelihood of Melo missing games goes up each day. With him out, the Knicks will give some big minutes to Mindaugas Kuzminskas while Kristaps Porzingis should be busy.
Mar 23 - 8:29 PM

Willy Hernangomez came off the bench vs. Utah on Wednesday, playing 17 minutes to finish with nine points on 4-of-7 shooting, 10 rebounds, two steals and one assist.

Kristaps Porzingis started at center in a frontcourt that also featured Carmelo Anthony and Lance Thomas, which bumped Willy to a reserve role. His inconsistent minutes have been frustrating at the most important time on the fantasy calendar, but his upside is undeniable. He's worth holding in most leagues, unless there's a very compelling free agent available.
Mar 23 - 1:54 AM

Kristaps Porzingis started at center on Wednesday and scored a team-high 24 points (8-of-17 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs) with three 3-pointers, seven rebounds, one steal, one block and zero turnovers.

It was an interesting move from New York, but Porzingis barely avoided fouling out (thanks to multiple fouls attributed to other players), and Rudy Gobert destroyed the Knicks with 35 points on 13-of-14 shooting. Porzingis' recent Achilles injury hasn't been an issue since his return, which is the key for fantasy owners, and he's going to get his stats whether he's starting at center or power forward.
Mar 23 - 1:53 AM


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