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Dennis Smith Jr. available vs. Bulls after missing 7 games due to death of stepmother

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New York Knicks point guard Dennis Smith Jr. will be available to play in Tuesday night’s road game against the Chicago Bulls, according to a report from Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic.

Smith hasn’t played since October 26th due to the unfortunate passing of his stepmother. Knicks head coach David Fizdale wasn’t ready to commit to a starting lineup, but he did note that “the one from Sunday is most likely.” That would mean Frank Ntilikina will serve as a starter, while Smith Jr. would come off the bench.

Smith’s numbers are way down from last season, so there is a good chance he’ll be looking to change that narrative. He’s made just three appearances with the Knicks this season, averaging 1.0 point and 1.0 assist in 8.7 minutes per outing.

Those stats are a far cry from his 2018-19 numbers, when he averaged 14.7 points, 5.4 assists 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals.

The Knicks have struggled through the early stages of this season. In fact, their 2-8 record is currently the worst mark in the Eastern Conference, and there are rumblings indicating that Fizdale could be a candidate for replacement. There is still time to turn things around, however, but the front office is not pleased with the results thus far.

“Scott (Perry) and I are not happy with where we are right now,” Knicks president Steve Mills said, via ESPN. “We think the team is not performing to the level that we anticipated or we expected to perform at, and that’s something that we think we collectively have to do a better job of delivering the product on the floor.”

Tuesday night’s Knicks-Bulls game is scheduled to tip inside the United Center at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Let’s see if the New York can right this proverbial ship.