Player News - Knicks

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Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) returned from a four-game absence during a 113-110 loss to the Wizards on Thursday, playing 29 minutes with 15 points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one turnover.

He looked healthy and played 17 minutes at center in this game, which is way more than he's been averaging. The Knicks were 5-0 without Joakim Noah (ankle) before this game, so there should be more of KP at the five going forward. Obviously his fantasy owners don't really care as long as his Achilles is healthy. The Knicks may be careful with their prized player, so his owners will need to be on the lookout for rest on back-to-backs sets.
Jan 19 - 10:53 PM

Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points against the Wizards on Thursday, adding 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

He scored 25 points in the second quarter to set a Knicks franchise record for most points in a quarter. Anthony played more power forward in this game and he's looked a lot more comfortable in that role. Plus, the Knicks are more likely to stagger him from Kristaps Porzingis going forward. While Melo is playing better, his troublesome knee and shoulder will be black marks on his fantasy value. Keep him rolling, of course.
Jan 19 - 10:48 PM

Kyle O'Quinn thrived in a start against the Wizards on Thursday, scoring 14 points, eight rebounds, three assists, three blocks and one steal in 21 minutes.

This comes on the heels of a 10-minute dud on Wednesday. We've called him Kyle Yo-Yo'Quinn before, so this obviously isn't a surprise to see him go off after many had high hopes for him. Joakim Noah (ankle) has a decent chance to play on Saturday, but feel free to give KOQ a look in standard leagues. His inconsistent play is maddening, though.
Jan 19 - 10:38 PM

Willy Hernangomez was a DNP-CD on Thursday.

From tying his career high to a DNP-CD. This isn's the first time coach Jeff Hornacek has kept Hernangomez on a short leash either. He'll be really tough to trust while Kyle O'Quinn and Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) are healthy.
Jan 19 - 10:32 PM

Mindaugas Kuzminskas scored six points in a start against the Wizards on Thursday, adding one rebound, two assists and one 3-pointer in 18 minutes.

It was a pretty big hit for Kuzminskas with Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) coming off the bench. There is more talk of the Knicks playing KP at the five more, which would benefit Kuz the most. He's still only a deep-league guy, but throw him on your watch list.
Jan 19 - 10:30 PM

Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) is coming off the bench in his return to the lineup on Thursday.

The Knicks will stick with their winning lineup from Wednesday in Boston: Ron Baker, Derrick Rose, Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Kyle O'Quinn. The Knicks are fully expected to limit Porzingis in his return, but he should be in your season-long lineups. We'll see where he gets his minutes with plenty of talk about him playing more center.
Jan 19 - 7:30 PM

An MRI of Joakim Noah's left ankle confirmed a sprain and he will not play on Thursday against the Wizards.

There are no details of a timetable, but the Knicks will likely be taking it easy on their oft-injured veteran. With him out, Kyle O'Quinn will look to bounce back from a dreadful start on Wednesday. He's still worth a look in season-long leagues or for DFS. Plus, Willy Hernangomez should benefit and is worth a look as a punt or pickup in deep leagues.
Jan 19 - 6:03 PM

An MRI of Kristaps Porzingis' left Achilles confirmed no structural damage and he will be available to play on Thursday against the Wizards.

This is wonderful news on the future of the franchise. Porzingis has missed the last four games and he also missed three games from Dec. 31 to Jan. 4 for the same reason, so the Knicks will likely be careful on him tonight. Additionally, there is a lot of talk of Porzingis playing more at the five, so that will be something to watch for tonight. Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Willy Hernangomez take some hits here.
Jan 19 - 5:59 PM

Joakim Noah (ankle) is not expected to play on Thursday vs. the Wizards.

He's going to have an MRI on Thursday morning but it's a safe bet that he will miss his second straight game -- Noah was in so much pain on Wednesday that he didn't even try to warm up after his ankle swelled up on the plane. Kyle O'Quinn started in Noah's place on Wednesday, but flopped in a big way with just two points in 10 minutes. Willy Hernangomez scored 17 points off the bench with 11 rebounds in 20 minutes and Marshall Plumlee also had a nice game with five points, seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 20 minutes, but this is a situation for fantasy owners to avoid until someone separates themselves from the pack.
Source: Newsday
Jan 19 - 9:34 AM

Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) said he's "90 percent ready" and he is hopeful to play on Saturday vs. the Suns.

He hasn't been officially ruled out for Thursday's game vs. the Wizards, but it sure sounds like he's not planning to play. Porzingis is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Thursday morning, so his plans for Saturday could change too based on the results. "Still not there yet," Porzingis said. "I have to be really careful of how much I do and how explosive the movements are. If not I get a little pinch again in the heel down there where the Achilles starts." We should have an update this afternoon, but Mindaugas Kusminskas looks like a nice short-term pickup and he's coming off a 17-point effort on Wednesday.
Source: Newsday
Jan 19 - 9:25 AM

Ron Baker made another start on Wednesday, but he went scoreless with just one rebound and two turnovers in 11 foul-plagued minutes.

The Knicks' second unit stepped up tonight, including strong games from Courtney Lee nine points, eight boards, seven assists) and Justin Holiday (13 points, five boards), but it was Baker's foul trouble that really limited his chances. He hasn't played more than 22 minutes over the past three games, so he's not a great pickup despite the new starting role.
Jan 18 - 11:29 PM

Carmelo Anthony needed 14 shot attempts to score 13 points on Wednesday, making five field goals with four boards and three assists in 33 minutes.

Melo's shot selection was poor tonight and he failed to take advantage of some switches with smaller defenders, which is unusual. He added three 3-pointers with one block and just one turnover, so it wasn't a total loss for fantasy purposes, and the Knicks ran away with a 117-106 victory despite Anthony's struggles. Go figure.
Jan 18 - 11:29 PM

Willy Hernangomez tied his career-high with 17 points on Wednesday, making 8-of-13 shots with 11 rebounds and one assist in just 20 minutes of action.

Kyle O'Quinn got the start with both Joakim Noah (ankle) and Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) out of commission, but it was Hernangomez who benefited the most tonight. The rookie big man has had a few very nice games this season, but he's been far too inconsistent to rely on in 12-team leagues. Just keep an eye on him in case Noah gets shut down at some point.
Jan 18 - 11:28 PM

Courtney Lee handed out a season-high seven assists in 38 bench minutes vs. the Celtics on Wednesday, adding nine points and eight rebounds in a convincing road win.

C-Lee added one 3-pointer and one block to round out his line. He will have the ball in his hands more often with the second unit, but it's hard to see him approaching this many minutes routinely - Ron Baker was in foul trouble all game long. Leave C-Lee on the wire unless he can duplicate this performance a few times.
Jan 18 - 11:27 PM

Derrick Rose tied his season high with 30 points during Wednesday's win in Boston, hitting 13-of-24 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs with 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks.

Rose isn't known for his efficiency but he's looked very good in New York's past five games, averaging 21.5 points on combined 45-of-83 shooting (54.2 percent). He also has zero 3-pointers in that span, and tonight's defensive stats were a rarity, but his owners aren't complaining. If you've been waiting for a sell-high moment, this is it.
Jan 18 - 11:26 PM


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