Player News - Knicks

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Carmelo Anthony (knee) said that he will play in the All-Star game, though he admitted that his knee "[isn't] gonna heal in a week ... or even two weeks."

He recently had a precautionary MRI which ruled out structural damage, and Derek Fisher thinks Melo will be fine "long term," but this is still a huge concern for fantasy owners. New York is five games out of the playoff picture, dropping nine of their past 10 games, and the prospect of a shutdown looms larger with each defeat. His fantasy appeal is tanking, making it hard to extract value in a trade, but owners may want to see what opposing GMs think he's worth.
Feb 7 - 4:52 PM

Arron Afflalo attempted only eight shots vs. Denver on Sunday, but he connected on six of them to finish with 15 points, six rebounds, three assists, one steal and zero turnovers.

This is the third time in a month that Afflalo has attempted single-digit shots, but he scratched out some fantasy value by virtue of his efficiency. It's a fluky outing for the veteran, who is shooting 40.3 percent over the past month, and he should revert to his high-volume ways vs. the up-tempo Wizards on Tuesday.
Feb 7 - 4:34 PM

Kristaps Porzingis notched his second straight double-double on Sunday with 21 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and two blocks, but it wasn't enough to avoid the Knicks' fifth straight loss.

KP shot 10-of-23 from the field with one make from downtown -- he wasn't very effective from mid-range with the exception of the right wing, where he shot 4-of-4. KP said before the game that the struggling Knicks "need a guy like 'Melo who you can give the ball and he will score, he will get to the line and he will make plays for others." If Anthony's knee injury eventually forces a shutdown, Porzingis may need to be that guy in the final stages of the Knicks' season.
Source: NBA.com
Feb 7 - 4:33 PM

Langston Galloway returned to the Knicks' bench on Sunday, where he posted six points, two 3-pointers and three rebounds in 21 minutes.

Galloway started Friday's game with Melo out, but even prior to that he'd carved out a big role -- since Jan. 26 he's averaged a healthy 31.0 minutes per game. Galloway is worth a look as a cheap source of 3-pointers and steals, but that's about it.
Feb 7 - 4:32 PM

Derrick Williams was quiet in 13 minutes on Sunday, scoring six points (1-of-4 FGs, 4-of-6 FTs) with three rebounds and one turnover.

Williams didn't have any assists, steals or blocks, and failed to capitalize on the absence of Lance Thomas (concussion). He's only worth a look if Carmelo Anthony misses extended time, and even then there are no guarantees -- New York started Langston Galloway in a small lineup the last time Melo was out.
Feb 7 - 4:31 PM

Jose Calderon finished Sunday's loss to the Nuggets with 11 points, three 3-pointers, four rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes of action.

This was only the second game since Calderon's minute-limit was lifted, and he's fared well now that his groin injury is behind him. The veteran is quietly flirting with top-100 value in 9-cat leagues, and is even better in leagues with more esoteric categories -- unsurprisingly, he ranks third in the NBA with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.4.
Feb 7 - 4:30 PM

Carmelo Anthony (knee) finished Sunday's home loss with 21 points (7-of-19 FGs, 7-of-8 FTs), six rebounds, seven assists and three turnovers in 35 minutes.

Melo is shooting a career-worst 42.4 percent from the field and his surgically-repaired knee is a constant concern for fantasy owners, though coach Derek Fisher tried to downplay the severity. "I think he'll be fine long term," Fisher said. "I think we just have to get through this next set of days into the break and hopefully re-evaluate him from there in terms of something that's not reoccurring." This loss knocked New York five games behind the No. 8 seed Pistons, and Melo's owners can only hope that they don't fall further out of the playoff picture.
Source: AP
Feb 7 - 4:29 PM

Lance Thomas (concussion) will not play on Sunday vs. the Nuggets as expected.

He was never expected to play and still has to pass the league's concussion protocol. His next chance to play will be on Tuesday vs. the Wizards. Langston Galloway will continue to see a few extra minutes in Thomas' absence.
Feb 7 - 11:27 AM

Carmelo Anthony (knee) will start on Sunday vs. the Nuggets.

He participated in Saturday's light practice and was always expected to return to the court against his former team. Anthony is still battling soreness in his knee and clearly isn't 100 percent, so the shut-down risk will grow if the Knicks don't start winning games. They have lost four straight. Langston Galloway will return to the bench for Sunday's game.
Feb 7 - 11:19 AM

Knicks coach Derek Fisher said that Carmelo Anthony will be fine "long-term."

"He’s carrying a big load,’’ Fisher said. "Coming off an ankle injury, he got thrown into an intense week. It hasn’t calmed down completely since then. He’ll be fine long-term, but we just have to get through these next seven days and hopefully reevaluate from there so it’s not something that’s recurring.’’ An MRI came back clean and Anthony is expected to play on Sunday vs. Denver, but his owners should be concerned about a possible shutdown after the All-Star break.
Feb 6 - 9:22 AM

Kristaps Porzingis scored 17 points during a 91-85 loss to the Grizzlies on Friday with 10 rebounds, six blocks and three 3-pointers.

He finally broke out after a slump in the past week and change. After the game, Porzingis had some suggestions on the offense regarding pick-and-roll. "I think we need to do that a little more," he said. Porzingis should be an early-round player regardless of how many PNR chances he gets.
Feb 6 - 12:36 AM

Jose Calderon scored a game-high 18 points with eight rebounds, five assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes against against the Grizzlies on Friday.

That's a nice line for a guy who hasn't done much in the past two weeks. Calderon tends to string injuries together, so it makes sense to see if he can stay healthy for two straight games before adding him.
Feb 6 - 12:33 AM

Langston Galloway started at shooting guard on Friday with four points, three rebounds and three assists in 33 minutes.

All that momentum fell off in a hurry and he's really not a shooting guard. If you added Galloway, you should stick with him for a little while longer, especially if Carmelo Anthony (knee) needs to miss time.
Feb 6 - 12:31 AM

Langston Galloway will start in place of Carmelo Anthony (knee) on Friday against the Grizzlies.

He is coming in on fire with a 17-point gem on Thursday with some solid play in the past week. Galloway has logged most of his minutes at point guard, but he does have some nice run at shooting guard this year. Considering how well he's played, he is a nice option tonight and is worth a grab in standard leagues while he's hot.
Feb 5 - 5:54 PM

Lance Thomas (mild concussion) will not play until at least Tuesday as he undergoes testing, which means he'll miss games on Friday or Sunday.

With Carmelo Anthony (knee) also on the sidelines, the Knicks are going small with Langston Galloway in the starting lineup on Friday. Derrick Williams should also play big minutes off the bench, however, and he's worth a long look as a cheap DFS play until Melo and/or Thomas return to action.


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