Player News - Knicks

Date: Team: Pos:

Kristaps Porzingis (knee) is questionable for Saturday against the Thunder.

The team is calling it left knee soreness and he is day-to-day. After a second half injury, Porzingis said that his knee was unstable on Thursday night, but it was encouraging to see he was walking around on his own after the game. It's certainly possible the Knicks hold him out, but going against Carmelo Anthony could be a factor at MSG. If he's out, it'll be Michael Beasley time while plenty of usage will go around.
Dec 15 - 2:38 PM

Kristaps Porzingis (knee) said he's uncertain if he'll be able to play on Saturday vs. the Thunder.

He left Thursday's game with what appeared to be a non-contact injury, but the Knicks are calling it "left knee soreness" for now. Porzingis said after the game that he's not in "significant pain" and he was able to stand on his own, but he won't know more until the Knicks re-evaluate him on Friday morning. If KP can't play, Michael Beasley could see a nice bump in value and just dropped 15 points in 20 minutes vs. the Nets.
Dec 14 - 10:35 PM

Michael Beasley needed just 20 minutes to produce 15 points, four boards, one assist, one steal, three turnovers and five fouls in Thursday's road win over the Nets.

Kristaps Porzingis checked out early in the third quarter with a non-contact knee injury and didn't return, so Beasley and Courtney Lee picked up the slack on offense. Beasley hit 7-of-16 shots in the win, and he's on the radar as a potential pickup in case we get bad news on Porzingis. When Porzingis is not on the court, Beasley's usage rate climbs from 20.2 to 28.8.
Dec 14 - 10:24 PM

Frank Ntilikina finished with seven points (3-of-9 FGs), eight assists, five rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer in Thursday's win over the Nets.

Ntilikina closed this game out and played 27 minutes compared to 21 for Jarrett Jack. He's quickly earning the trust of his head coach and his outlook and is only going to get better as the season progresses. "Definitely, more comfortable on the court," the rookie said of his improved play. "Like I’ve said every time, it’s just a process, it’s about time. My teammates give me a lot of confidence on the court, the coach, too." If you don't mind some bumps in the road, Ntilikina is a fine stash for his upside in assists and steals.
Source: NY Post
Dec 14 - 10:17 PM

Courtney Lee scored a season-high 27 points to lead the Knicks to a 111-104 road win over the Nets, hitting 9-of-17 shots with four rebounds, three assists, two steals and three triples.

Tim Hardaway Jr. described his leg injury as "serious" and could be out a while longer, and Lee had even more responsibility on offense tonight with Kristaps Porzingis (knee) leaving the game for good early in the third quarter. Lee was coming off back-to-back duds with a combined 14 points in his last two, but he's been sneaky good this season and is worth owning, especially with the Knicks banged up.
Dec 14 - 10:13 PM

Kristaps Porzingis left Thursday's game vs. the Nets with a sore left knee and will not return.

He checked out with 9:25 remaining in the third quarter with what appeared to be a non-contact injury and was talking to a trainer before he walked back to the locker room. The Knicks waited about 10 minutes in real time before providing an update, and it's a bit concerning that he wasn't able to return to what has become a really tight game. If KP needs to miss time, Michael Beasley would have to pick up most of the slack on offense. Porzingis finished with 13 points, four assists, two rebounds, one steal and one triple.
Dec 14 - 9:11 PM

Tim Hardaway Jr. (left leg stress injury) said on Thursday that he doesn't have a return date and will be re-evaluated next week.

THJ said the leg is feeling better but he hasn't been cleared to run, so we'll consider him out indefinitely until next week's update. For what it's worth, even he doesn't seem to know whether he has a stress reaction or stress fracture -- "[Hardaway Jr.] said all he’s heard is that it’s a stress injury." Lance Thomas continues to start in THJ's absence, with minutes also opening up for Michael Beasley, Doug McDermott.
Dec 14 - 6:48 PM

Frank Ntilikina came off the bench and played a season-high 29 minutes for a career-high 13 points, five rebounds, five assists, a steal and three 3-pointers in Tuesday's 113-109 overtime win over the Lakers.

He's coming on right now, averaging 9.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.2 3-pointers in 25 minutes over his last five games. He's hit just 37 percent of his shots over that stretch and if they start falling, he might become a hot pickup for owners desperate for a point guard. He's still worth a stash if you can hold him, as he has some nice second-half potential.
Dec 12 - 11:07 PM

Michael Beasley came off the bench for 13 points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal on 6-of-13 shooting in Tuesday's OT win over the Lakers.

Beasley scored one point in 10 minutes on Sunday and had nine points in 15 minutes on Saturday, so it was tough to see this one coming. The Lakers weren't ready for it either, as Beasley had the go-ahead tip-in and a key assist in the extra period. He's not worth owning in most leagues, but is probably worth throwing on a watch list in 12-team leagues for as long as Tim Hardaway is out with his leg injury.
Dec 12 - 11:04 PM

Kristaps Porzingis torched the Lakers for 37 points, 11 rebounds, a steal, five blocks and five 3-pointers on 14-of-26 shooting in 40 minutes of Tuesday's 113-109 win over the Lakers.

While this wasn't a season high in scoring for the Unicorn, it was arguably the best game of his young career, as very few players have ever had 37 points, 11 boards, five triples and five blocks in one game. He scored 30 in his previous outing and the Knicks have won 14 games, and sit in the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Playoffs. They have more wins than the Thunder, Clippers, Grizzlies and Heat, but the Knicks probably aren't good enough to get Porzingis involved in serious MVP discussions just yet.
Dec 12 - 11:01 PM

Kristaps Porzingis expressed his distaste for tanking during a recent interview.

"I don’t believe in it either,’’ Porzingis said of tanking. "Every season you have to go with the expectations of making the playoffs. That’s the way to get better. If you do make the playoffs, that experience, you can’t change for nothing." The Knicks aren't likely to be in the playoff hunt this season, which could make it tough for them to come to terms on a rookie extension with Porzingis this summer.
Dec 11 - 4:39 PM

Ron Baker played a season-high 31 minutes during Sunday's home win, scoring nine points (2-of-5 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs) with four assists, two steals, one rebound and one 3-pointer.

Baker was the first guard off the bench tonight and the Knicks found success going small, so coach Jeff Hornacek stayed with what was working -- Baker wound up playing all but one minute of the fourth quarter alongside Frank Ntilikina. His previous high was 23 minutes, which came on opening night, so we're viewing this with extreme skepticism. Give him a wide berth.
Dec 10 - 11:37 PM

Doug McDermott scored a season-high 23 points in 31 minutes on Sunday, making 9-of-13 field goals with two 3-pointers and three rebounds.

He also went 3-of-3 at the free throw line, but didn't have any assists, steals or blocks. This was a terrific turn of events if you were somehow playing him tonight, but he's still untouchable in the vast majority of fantasy leagues.
Dec 10 - 11:37 PM

Jarrett Jack helped the Knicks hold on for a 111-107 win vs. Atlanta on Sunday, scoring a season-high 19 points with four rebounds, three assists and three turnovers in 26 minutes.

Jack hit 7-of-11 FGs and 5-of-7 FTs, and he closed out the game in a small lineup alongside Frank Ntilikina, Ron Baker, Lance Thomas and Kristaps Porzingis. The veteran hasn't blocked a shot all season and he's averaging 5.9 points on 42.1 percent shooting, which are just a few of the reasons to continue avoiding him.
Dec 10 - 11:36 PM

Courtney Lee sat out most of the second half on Sunday, finishing with four points, two rebounds and one turnover in 22 minutes.

Lee has been indispensable for the Knicks this season, and tonight's late benching was a product of the flow of the game -- New York found success going small, so coach Jeff Hornacek stuck with a backcourt of Frank Ntilikina and Ron Baker for nearly the entire fourth quarter. The last time C-Lee played under 30 minutes, he followed it up with a 24-point gem, and owners should shrug off tonight's dud.
Dec 10 - 11:36 PM


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