Several Key Knicks May Miss Suns Showdown

The Knicks could be shorthanded again Friday night against the Suns.

Mitchell Robinson (concussion), Derrick Rose (sprained ankle) and Taj Gibson (groin pain) were deemed questionable after they all sat out Tuesday’s home win over the Lakers at the Garden.

Friday’s visit by the red-hot Suns (14-game winning streak) is the start of back-to-back games for the Knicks, including their first trip to Atlanta this season after Trae Young and the Hawks knocked them out of the playoffs. struck in June.

The Knicks had no media availability on Thanksgiving, but coach Tim Thibodeau said on Wednesday that Robinson was “making progress” and going through “all protocols” since he was elbowed by Houston’s Jae’Sean Tate on Saturday night at the Houston home. beat the Rockets.

Mitchell Robinson is one of three Knicks players who could miss the game against the Suns.
Mitchell Robinson is one of three Knicks players who could miss the game against the Suns.

“If he gets out, he’ll go,” Thibodeau said on Wednesday when asked about Robinson, who appeared in 15 of the Knicks’ 18 games after foot surgery cut short his previous season in March. “There’s progress in it, so he’s going through each phase and there’s more he has to go through before he’s acquitted.”

Thibodeau added on Wednesday that Rose and Gibson “have done a little bit” in practice, but they were still considered day-to-day. Tuesday’s game against the Lakers was the first 33-year-old Rose sat out this season. Gibson, 36, has missed every one of the team’s past three games.

Despite his recent absences, former lottery voter Kevin Knox has not come off the bench in any of the past eight games since he stopped for a minute against the Cavaliers on Nov. 7. The ninth overall roster in 2018 from Kentucky has scored seven minutes over three appearances this season, scoring just one point.

With Rose sidelined, Thibodeau used rookie Quentin Grimes for five scoreless minutes off the bench in Tuesday’s win over the Lakers.


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