Player News - Knicks

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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

Lance Thomas moved into the Knicks' starting unit on Wednesday, where he posted four points, nine rebounds and two assists in 32 minutes.

The Knicks went smaller tonight vs. the Jazz and they jumped out to an early lead thanks to a 34-point first quarter. Thomas isn't a great fantasy option even if he continues to start -- in 14 previous starts this season, he averaged a modest 9.5 points, 1.2 threes, 4.4 boards, 1.0 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.1 blocks. There are better options on your waiver wire.
Mar 23 - 1:42 AM

X-rays were negative on Derrick Rose's left foot, but he exited the arena after Wednesday's game with a brace and a noticeable limp.

Rose did return after the injury, finishing with 17 points and six assists in 32 minutes, but we're considering him questionable to face the Blazers on Thursday. Rose said that his foot was injured, not his ankle, and his oft-injured knees don't seem to have been affected. If he is forced to miss any time, Ron Baker and Chasson Randle would absorb the PG duties.
Mar 23 - 1:15 AM

Derrick Rose (ankle) returned in the fourth quarter on Wednesday.

He had a sore left ankle and did go to the locker room. Rose appears to be fine, but the Knicks may take it easier on him.
Mar 23 - 12:40 AM

Derrick Rose has a sore ankle and is questionable to return to Wednesday's game against the Jazz.

It looked like he tweaked his ankle on a drive to the basket. Rose stayed in the game and shot the free throws, but he checked out and went to the locker room. While it didn't look bad, the Knicks will probably play it safe with their point guard. If he's out, it'll be Ron Baker and Chasson Randle getting the PG minutes.
Mar 23 - 12:30 AM

Lance Thomas is starting against the Jazz on Wednesday.

The Knicks will go with their smaller lineup and put Kristaps Porzingis at the five. 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


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