Player News - Knicks

Date: Team: Pos:

Joakim Noah (ankle) practiced fully on Saturday.

A full practice the day before a game is usually a good indicator that the player is ready to return. However, the Knicks center situation is unclear at the moment. New York signed Noah to a $72 million contract this summer, but the former Bull has stumbled out of the gate this season. He is currently averaging 4.0 points and 8.1 rebounds, while shooting just 46.6 percent from the floor and 28.6 percent from the free throw line. Furthermore, Kyle O'Quinn (who tallied 20 points and 13 boards in a win over the T-Wolves on Friday) and Willy Hernangomez have played well in relief of Noah.
Dec 3 - 1:18 PM

Courtney Lee says his ankle sprain is improving and he hasn't ruled out returning to the lineup Sunday against the Kings.

"It feels a lot better than it did when I initially twisted it," Lee said Friday. "I wasn't able to walk that night but I was able to move around (Friday)." If Lee can't play Sunday, look for Justin Holiday to start in his place. Holiday played well in his start on Friday, tallying 13 points, seven rebounds, three steals, two 3-pointers and one block. He will be a cheap DFS option on Sunday if Lee doesn't play.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 3 - 12:24 PM

Lance Thomas says his ankle is now fully healthy, but he's still feeling the effects of plantar fasciitis.

Lance Thomas returned to the court on Friday after missing nearly three weeks with an ankle injury. He says his ankle feels fine, but that plantar fasciitis is still an issue. Thomas explained there are two stages of discomfort from the fasciitis: soreness and acute pain. He says the acute pain is not present at the moment but the soreness comes and goes, which is OK. "I can play through soreness," he said. Thomas will have a tough time earning his minutes back from Mindaugas Kuzminskas, who has played very well recently backing up both forward spots.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 3 - 12:20 PM

The Knicks announced on Saturday that they have assigned Maurice Ndour to the D-League.

Ndour has played sparingly of late. He appeared in only three of the Knicks last six games and played a total of eight minutes. Ndour can be ignored in standard fantasy leagues.
Dec 3 - 12:09 PM

Lance Thomas returned to action with three minutes against the Wolves on Friday.

He scored three points with one dime. Thomas may not be in the rotation right now as the team allows him to receive from his ankle sprain.
Dec 3 - 12:48 AM

Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points during a 118-114 win over the Wolves on Friday, adding five rebounds, three assists, three steals and five 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

He snapped out of his slump, which included three games below 19 points on just a combined 32.0 percent from the field. Even with Kristaps Porzingis coming on, Anthony's shots haven't fallen off. He's also starting to hit more open threes with his season-high treys today, so he should be able to hold his third-round value on the season.
Dec 3 - 12:42 AM

Kyle O'Quinn came out of nowhere against the Wolves on Friday with 20 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 31 minutes.

Wow. That's season highs in points, boards and minutes for KOQ in his start today. He was outstanding on the defensive end and coach Jeff Hornacek stuck with him after not playing him for more than 18 minutes in any of his previous four games. Joakim Noah (ankle) could be back for Sunday, so O'Quinn would only be worth a look in deeper leagues. This looks like one of the flukiest games of the season.
Dec 3 - 12:35 AM

Derrick Rose scored 24 points with five rebounds, five assists, one steal and one turnover in 34 minutes against the Wolves on Friday.

There's been talk of Rose wanting an in-season contract extension, so this game may help his case. Rose has looked good over his last four, averaging 20.8 points, 5.0 boards, 4.8 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.5 blocks and 0.5 treys on 44.8 percent from the field. Compared to last year, his usage rate is down, his efficiency is way up and he's been better in other categories. Still, Rose only has 11th-round value on the year despite his improvements.
Dec 3 - 12:30 AM

Justin Holiday vastly improved against the Wolves on Friday with 13 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

He got the start for the injured Courtney Lee (ankle) and really stepped it up after struggling for over a week. If Lee is going to miss additional time, Holiday could flirt with minutes close to 30. Although, he's not expected to miss time and figures to be questionable for Sunday against the Kings. Holiday is only a lukewarm pickup in deep leagues.
Dec 3 - 12:21 AM

Willy Hernangomez played 17 minutes against the Wolves on Friday with six points, four rebounds and one assist.

He surprisingly played eight minutes on Wednesday, but he was back to his normal role tonight. Hernangomez still hasn't shown enough upside in his limited minutes to warrant a pickup in most leagues.
Dec 3 - 12:09 AM

Marshall Plumlee was a DNP-CD on Friday.

It was a head scratcher to see him play 19 minutes on Wednesday, so this makes more sense. The Other Other Plumlee will need a ton of injuries to get consistent minutes.
Dec 3 - 12:06 AM

Mindaugas Kuzminskas played 19 minutes against the Wolves on Friday with four points, one rebound, one assist and no turnovers.

He cooled off considerably after a 14-point game on Wednesday. Kuzminskas also had a tough time on defense, which isn't uncommon for a rookie. His playing time should take a hit once the Knicks get some bodies back.
Dec 2 - 11:59 PM

Brandon Jennings scored two points with three rebounds, eight assists and four turnovers in 19 minutes against the Wolves on Friday.

Derrick Rose and Justin Holiday were both in a good groove, so the minutes were not there for Jennings tonight like they were on Wednesday. Obviously Rose isn't going to be on his game every night, so Jennings will see better days. Still, he's more of a desperate asset for a PG-needy owner in standard leagues.
Dec 2 - 11:56 PM

Justin Holiday will start against the Wolves on Friday night.

Holiday started the third quarter on Wednesday, so this move is expected. Holiday only played 10.3 minutes in the second half, so he may not getting a big bump. Expect to see more of Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Brandon Jennings tonight.
Dec 2 - 7:21 PM

Kyle O'Quinn will get another start against the Wolves on Friday.

The Knicks were destroyed in the first quarter on Wednesday with Karl-Anthony Towns going for 22 in that frame, so O'Quinn may be on a short leash. Marshall Plumlee played 12 minutes in the second half while Mindaugus Kuzminskas saw 11 minutes in that time. Kuzminskas may be the most appealing guy in this group.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: O'Quinn isn't a recommended DFS play this evening, but Noah's absence does improve the outlook for a few of the Timberwolves. Karl Anthony-Towns destroyed this defense on Wednesday, and draws an equally attractive match-up here. The Knicks will likely make it more of a point to try to take him away, so Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine and Gorgui Dieng are all strong GPP plays. Dieng should benefit if the Knicks throw extra front-court attention at Towns.
Dec 2 - 6:06 PM


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