Alec Burks’ return to Knicks stalled by ankle injury

The Knicks lastly acquired Alec Burks once more after he missed the ultimate eight video video games for COVID-19 protocols.

And the Knicks swingman delivered, making his first 4 pictures when he acquired right here off the bench to start the second quarter and delivering two nifty assists — along with an alley-oop to Obi Toppin.

However Burks couldn’t finish what he started as he acquired entangled with Memphis stage guard Ja Morant and twisted his ankle, forcing him to depart the game with 4 minutes left.

Burks, who moreover handled some stage–guard duties in his return, wasn’t made on the market after the game and his standing now appears uncertain for the game in Denver on Wednesday.

“His first sport once more, I assumed he did some really good points,’’ Tom Thibodeau talked about. “However his timing’s nonetheless not there, it could possibly get there.’’

Burks made his first shot strive given that sport versus New Orleans on April 18 — a 3-pointer that went in, out and once more in. Whether or not he’ll be ready to proceed his comeback stays to be seen.

With Taj Gibson starting for injured Nerlens Noel, Norvel Pelle was given the backup place as Thibodeau decided in opposition to going small-ball.

“Pelle gave us really good minutes,’’ Thibodeau talked about. Pelle, who has {{a partially}} assured deal for subsequent season, logged 14 minutes, registered 5 blocks, scored two components and was a plus-7.

The Knicks signed stage guard Jared Harper to at least one different 10-day pact. When that expires they’d nonetheless have a couple of further days to ink the Argentinian Luca Vildoza nevertheless they’re positively for subsequent season. “Leon [Rose], Wes [William Wesley] and Scott [Perry] are on a regular basis wanting on the options we could have,’’ Thibodeau talked about. “That’s as much as them. If one factor is smart and we count on it’s going to probably help us, we’ll on a regular basis look it. However we’re clearly proud of the players we now have now.’’

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