Player News - Knicks

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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

Mindaugas Kuzminskas thrived in 29 minutes vs. the Celtics on Wednesday, scoring 17 points on 6-of-12 FGs and 3-of-3 FTs, with two 3-pointers, six rebounds and two assists.

The 27-year-old rookie's skills were on full display tonight, and he helped the struggling Knicks earn a much-needed win in Boston. Jeff Hornacek suggested that he'll use Kristaps Porzingis at center once he's healthy, with Carmelo Anthony at power forward, so keep in mind that Kuzminskas will likely be inconsistent once KP and Lance Thomas (face) get back on the court.
Jan 18 - 11:25 PM

Kyle O'Quinn flopped as a starter vs. Boston on Wednesday, scoring just two points with one rebound in 10 minutes.

Joakim Noah (ankle) and Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) were both out of commission tonight, but O'Quinn burned owners who deployed him for short-term value. Willy Hernangomez went off with 17 points and 11 boards off the bench tonight, and even Marshall Plumlee outplayed KOQ with five points, seven boards, three assists and two blocks. Noah is day-to-day and the 'hot hand' approach at the center spot makes O'Quinn too unreliable to own.
Jan 18 - 11:23 PM

Marshall Plumlee resurfaced in the Knicks' rotation on Wednesday, posting five points, seven boards, three assists and two blocks in 20 minutes.

Plumlee also racked up five fouls in his first action since a two-minute stint on Dec. 15. The Knicks were playing without Joakim Noah (ankle) and Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) in this game, and fantasy owners can continue to ignore the other Plumlee.
Jan 18 - 11:22 PM

Kristaps Porzingis is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his sore left Achilles on Thursday.

"He’s fine if he’s shooting a jump shot or something, but when he really pushes off hard to drive the ball he’s feeling a little pinch in the heel," said head coach Jeff Hornacek. "They’re giving him treatment and trying to get rid of that but I think that’s the last step and then he can play." Porzingis will miss his fourth consecutive game on Wednesday, but we should get a better idea on his potential return date once the MRI results are released. Stay tuned.
Jan 18 - 7:02 PM

Kyle O'Quinn will move into the starting five for Wednesday's game against the Celtics, with Joakim Noah (ankle) unavailable.

O'Quinn is about as hit-or-miss as they come, but with Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles), Lance Thomas (orbital fracture) and Noah all on the sidelines Wednesday night, he's sure looking at a good amount of opportunity. He's someone to consider throwing out there as a streamer or DFS punt play.
Jan 18 - 6:49 PM

Lance Thomas (left orbital fracture) will not suit up for Wednesday's game against the Celtics.

Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) and Joakim Noah (ankle) will also be on the sidelines Wednesday night, so Mindaugas Kuzminskas will be looking at another start, with Kyle O'Quinn and Willy Hernangomez splitting minutes at the five. Kuzminskas put up 14 points, five boards, one trey, two dimes and two steals his last time out, so he's someone to consider throwing out there as a low-budget DFS target. Thomas isn't worth owning anywhere.

Joakim Noah (ankle) will not play Wednesday against the Celtics.

The 31-year-old center also needs an MRI. He has a sore left ankle and didn't go through shootaround. Noah has been surprisingly healthy lately, but he could miss additional time going forward given his track record. With him out, Kyle O'Quinn should get a bump in minutes and the same goes for Willy Hernangomez. If you need a big man, KOQ is worth a pickup.
Jan 18 - 6:03 PM

Ron Baker will remain in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Celtics, with Courtney Lee coming off the bench.

Ron "Burgundy" Baker had a solid outing in his previous start, posting 12 points, four triples, three boards, one assist and two steals in his 22 minutes of floor time, so he's on the radar as a potential deep league streamer. Lee was a no-show in 21 minutes off the bench, scoring just seven points to go with one 3-pointer and not much else, so he's a cut candidate with the demotion to the second unit.
Jan 18 - 11:41 AM

Updating a previous report, Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) will not play Wednesday vs. the Celtics.

He's still dealing with soreness in his left Achilles, so the Knicks will continue to take an extremely cautious approach with their franchise big man. Joakim Noah (ankle) did not participate during shootaround and is looking doubtful, so we could see a lot of Kyle O'Quinn and Willy Hernangomez operating at the five-spot today, with Mindaugas Kusminskas earning another start at the four sans Porzingis.

Joakim Noah (sore left ankle) did not go through shootaround and he is questionable to play Wednesday vs. the Celtics.

Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) is also questionable to play, and if neither guy is able to give it a go, Kyle O'Quinn and Willy Hernangomez would likely pick up most of the five-man minutes in New York. O'Quinn is about as hit-or-miss as they come, and as a starter this season he owns averages of 8.5 points, 8.8 boards and 0.8 blocks per game, so he's basically just a streamer if he gets the start. Stay tuned.
Jan 18 - 11:14 AM


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