Player News - Knicks

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Coach Jeff Hornacek said he plans to keep Tim Hardaway Jr. on a minutes restriction of about 25 per game during the Knicks current seven-game road trip.

The Knicks have four games left on this road swing, including a back-to-back Thursday and Friday of next week. Hardaway Jr. was able to do plenty of damage in limited playing time in Friday's win over the Jazz. He finished with 31 points, five rebounds, three assists and six 3-pointers in just 27 minutes. Despite the minutes cap, he should be owned and started in all leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 20 - 9:29 AM

Tim Hardaway Jr. lit up the Jazz during a 117-115 win on Friday, making 11-of-17 from the field for 31 points with five rebounds, three assists and six 3-pointers in just 27 minutes.

Yeah, he got a big contract this summer, but Hardaway Jr. has performed while healthy. THJ did miss two clutch free throws with 33 seconds left in the fourth, but did ice the game with two free throw makes with nine second left. The Knicks will get another back-to-back set on Jan. 25-26 and another on the 30th and 31st, so his owners will have to make sure he's good for those. He needs to be owned in all leagues regardless.
Jan 20 - 1:59 AM

Kristaps Porzingis scored 18 points with two rebounds, one assist, one steal, three blocks and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes against the Jazz on Friday.

The blocks stood out, which is hardly a surprise for the NBA's top shot blocker this season. As for his scoring, Porzingis has seen a downward trend in points per game for every month so far this season. He's struggled more on two-point shots lately, especially in the paint at just 26-of-64 in January (40.6 percent). That's actually worse than his above-the-break 3-pointers percentage at 42.2 percent. No need to worry here, of course.
Jan 20 - 1:55 AM

Enes Kanter made 5-of-13 from the field 12 points with nine rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal in 26 minutes against the Jazz on Friday.

While he didn't play well on offense, Kanter is probably pleased to get the win in Utah. A few years ago, he asked for a trade and you might remember how Kanter said the thing he missed the most about Utah was the view of the mountains. Kanter seems to be back in the good graces of coach Jeff Hornacek with this game and a 20-point outing on Wednesday following a nine-minute game on Monday. He's been a top-50 player this season, so his owners will be rooting for the Knicks to win more games.
Jan 20 - 1:46 AM

Courtney Lee scored 18 points with five rebounds, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Jazz on Friday.

He made all four from the line to get him to 50 straight makes, which is already a franchise record and is just three shy of Stephen Curry's 53 for the most this season. Lee also played really well on defense and his playing time isn't going anywhere. He's been a draft-day steal as he continues to flirt with top-50 value in standard leagues. Although, he is a bit of a sell-high player because he's basically topping out on potential.
Jan 20 - 1:42 AM

Lance Thomas moved to the bench on Friday with seven points in seven minutes against the Jazz.

There's a decent chance he's a DNP-CD his next time out. Thomas wasn't really worth owning even when he was starting.
Jan 20 - 1:39 AM

Frank Ntilikina did not score with two turnovers in five minutes against the Jazz on Friday.

Trey Burke took his minutes tonight and Ntilikina has lost a lot of his short-term momentum. He'll get some run later in the year, but the French rookie is still more of a stash than anything else.
Jan 20 - 1:39 AM

Trey Burke scored seven points with two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 15 minutes against the Jazz on Friday.

Revenge game? Maybe not, but Burke gave the Knicks some good minutes as he took time from Frank Ntilikina, and he even played down the stretch. This probably won't last long, so leave Burke unless you're truly desperate at point guard.
Jan 20 - 1:38 AM

Jarrett Jack scored six points with one rebound, six assists and one turnover in 28 minutes against the Jazz on Friday.

He did not close this game out with Trey Burke getting the minutes at the one to finish this game. Jack has been way above expectations on the year, but this was his third underwhelming game in a row, averaging 4.0 boards, 2.0 boards and 5.7 dimes in those outings. He's only a low-end fantasy point guard and will probably trend down.
Jan 20 - 1:37 AM

Tim Hardaway Jr. will start against the Jazz on Friday.

That'll bump Lance Thomas to the bench. Hardaway Jr. still could be limited as he recovers from his leg injury, and he did play 26 minutes on Wednesday. He should still be owned in all standard leagues.
Jan 19 - 9:18 PM

Kyle O'Quinn had just two points, six boards and one assist in 12 minutes vs. the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

KOQ was coming off a big game on Monday, but his role tends to ebb and flow based upon matchups. It doesn't help that Willy Hernangomez (DNP-CD) could be unleashed at some point, making O'Quinn a luxury in deep leagues.
Jan 18 - 12:07 AM

Kristaps Porzingis tied his season-high with six blocks on Wednesday, adding 21 points, nine rebounds, three steals and two 3-pointers.

KP was grabbing his left thumb at one point, but he closed out this game and looked fine, so we're leaving him off the injury report. He didn't turn the ball over in 33 minutes and has been a shot-blocking machine lately, averaging 3.2 swats in his past dozen games.
Jan 18 - 12:07 AM

Frank Ntilikina went scoreless on 0-of-6 shooting Wednesday, adding seven assists, three rebounds, one steal and three turnovers in 20 minutes.

If you picked him up after Monday's double-double with 10 points, 10 dimes and seven assists, welcome back to reality -- the promising rookie is still very raw on offense. He's shooting 35.6% on the season and has gone scoreless three times in the past five games, so there should be more enticing options if you need immediate production.
Jan 18 - 12:02 AM

Lance Thomas had another vacant line on Wednesday with three assists, two blocks and no other stats in 15 minutes.

Thomas didn't even attempt a shot or free throw tonight, and he's irrelevant for fantasy owners while Michael Beasley, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Doug McDermott are healthy.
Jan 18 - 12:01 AM

Courtney Lee made 6-of-11 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs on Wednesday, scoring 18 points with two 3-pointers, three rebounds and one steal in 35 minutes.

In the process, Lee set a Knicks record by making 46 consecutive free throws. He's tops in the NBA at 96.1 percent from the stripe, and the only bad news is that he doesn't get there often with 1.8 attempts per game. He's been a sneaky mid-round fantasy value this season but could fade if New York commits to playing young guys more late in the season.
Jan 18 - 12:00 AM


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