Player News - Knicks

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Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points against the Hawks on Monday, adding seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

After the game, coach Jeff Hornacek said the Knicks weren't used to playing Melo strictly at the four. As you might expect, Melo has seen a 5.6 usage rate bump without Kristaps Porzingis next to him. On the lighter side, Melo called Ron Baker "Burgundy" in a halftime interview (video in link below), which has been a nickname for Baker since training camp.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 16 - 4:19 PM

Brandon Jennings wasn't happy about the Knicks making lineup changes on Monday.

"'Every day is something new, you never know if you're going to play," Jennings said. Uh oh. Jennings was also in a bad mood when he and Mindaugas Kuzminskas totally whiffed on a switch to leave Malcolm Delaney wide open for a jumper. Jennings may be feeling passed over for the Knicks starting Ron Baker over him here, but he's not worth adding in most leagues anyway.
Jan 16 - 4:13 PM

Joakim Noah scored seven points with 17 rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks in 33 minutes against the Hawks on Monday.

This comes on the second half of a back-to-back set, which is way more playing time than he's played previously with 21.8 minutes per game on no rest. Noah will likely see a dip in playing time at some point for a number of reasons, so he's only worth a look in 14-team leagues with his recent solid play.
Jan 16 - 4:06 PM

Mindaugas Kuzminskas scored 14 points in his first NBA start against the Hawks on Monday, adding five rebounds, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.

He had a bad laceration on his right cheek due to Kent Bazemore's hand catching him in the face, but Kuz returned and looked great. Obviously he started this game because Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) did not play, but the Knicks are hopeful he can return for Wednesday against Boston. Kuzminskas a.k.a. Cheese is worth a look in deeper leagues until KP can make his return.
Jan 16 - 3:56 PM

Derrick Rose scored 18 points with four rebounds, nine assists, one steal, one block and six turnovers in 33 minutes against the Hawks on Monday.

He had a chance to win the game on the last possession, but he couldn't get a layup to fall with Paul Millsap getting a block at the rim against him. Although, he may have been fouled and it wasn't called. The Knicks clearly won't be penalizing Rose on the court for his no-call, no-show move last week with his minutes also on par with 31.8 per game since then. He'll be a low-end guy in standard leagues, but he is trending up slightly.
Jan 16 - 3:48 PM

Ron Baker started at shooting guard against the Hawks on Monday, scoring 12 points with three rebounds, one assist, two steals and four 3-pointers in 22 minutes.

After the game, coach Jeff Hornacek said he likes how Baker competes and liked how he had three early shots to help get him going. It's unclear if this lineup is going to stick for the Knicks, but Baker didn't close this game out. For now, he's only an add in deeper leagues.
Jan 16 - 3:43 PM

Courtney Lee scored seven points off the bench with two rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer against the Hawks on Monday.

After the game, Lee said he found out he was benched just before the game. In a halftime interview, Carmelo Anthony said Lee handled the benching like a pro and also made it seem like it was more of an experiment. Lee has also really fallen off as a shooter lately, making just 2-of-15 from deep in his last four -- he was leading the NBA in 3-point percentage last month. Lee is only a 16-team guy for now.
Jan 16 - 3:33 PM

Mindaugas Kuzminskas (lacerated right cheek) is probable to return.

Kent Bazemore made a kick-out pass and the follow through from his hand caught Kuzminsaks near the right eye, which opened up a cut, and he's now getting patched up in the locker room. It sounds like he'll get back out there, and we'll let you know how he finishes after the game.
Jan 16 - 2:32 PM

Courtney Lee will come off the bench on Monday vs. Atlanta.

The Knicks have been shredded on defense all season, so they're going to take their best wing defender out of the lineup. Sounds about right. Lee was a low-end asset to own before this news, so feel free to drop him for a hot free agent. With that said, he should still see a healthy dose of minutes Monday.
Jan 16 - 12:27 PM

Mindaugas Kuzminskas will start on Monday vs. the Hawks.

Lance Thomas (orbital fracture) is now out indefinitely and Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) will miss his third game in a row, so there are a lot of minutes up for grabs in New York. Kuzminskas has played extended minutes in his previous two games with averages of 14.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 1.0 steal and 1.5 triples, so deep-league owners can give him a look if he plays well against the Hawks.
Jan 16 - 12:21 PM

Ron Baker is starting at shooting guard on Monday vs. the Hawks, sending Courtney Lee to the bench.

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek threatened to make lineup changes after Sunday's blowout loss to the Raptors, but now we know that he wasn't just blowing off some steam. Baker has had some nice moments this season, but he has very little upside and fantasy owners can simply monitor his progress from the waiver wire. The Knicks' defense takes another hit with this lineup switch.
Jan 16 - 12:20 PM

Updating a previous report, Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) will not play on Monday vs. the Hawks.

He was supposed to warm up and was considered a game-time call after going through shootaround, but the Knicks are ruling him out well before tip-off which is a bit concerning. This will now be his third game in a row on the shelf and his sixth missed game of the season due to his lingering Achilles issue. The Knicks were contemplating starting Porzingis at the five in place of Joakim Noah if he was cleared, so it's going to be interesting to see which direction they go. Mindaugas Kuzminskas is a candidate to see a sizable workload with Lance Thomas (face) also out.
Jan 16 - 11:48 AM

Lance Thomas (left orbital fracture) will not play on Monday vs. the Hawks.

Thomas has cleared the concussion protocol, but he will have to get fitted for a mask to protect his orbital fracture and he's considered to be out indefinitely. Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) is a game-time call and will slide back into the starting lineup if he's cleared, but Mindaugas Kuzminskas is looking at a larger role off the bench in the short term and is worth keeping an eye on in deeper formats.
Jan 16 - 11:25 AM

Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) is a game-time call on Monday vs. the Hawks.

Porzingis said he felt good during the morning shootaround, but he will see how his Achilles responds in the pre-game warmups before making a final decision. It sounds like has a great chance to play vs. the Hawks and it's worth noting that Porzingis was previously targeting this game for his return. With Lance Thomas (orbital fracture) out, Mindaugas Kuzminskas will be asked to take on a larger role if KP can't play.
Jan 16 - 11:24 AM

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek threatened to make changes to his starting lineup after Sunday's blowout loss to the Raptors.

"I had to start looking at different possibilities with that group," Hornacek said. "This isn’t the first time that it has happened. We saw the second group come in there and play hard and get after it defensively and consequently they got stuff on the offensive end.’’ None of the Knicks' starters played more than 29 minutes in the blowout, but it's possible Hornacek was keeping them fresh for Monday's game vs. Atlanta. The Knicks are tipping off in just a few hours, so we won't have to wait long to figure out if Hornacek was simply blowing off some steam. For what it's worth, many beat reporters are speculating that Joakim Noah will move to the bench with Kristaps Porzinigs (Achilles) moving to the five, assuming he's cleared to play.
Jan 16 - 9:30 AM


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