Dennis Smith Jr, Marcus Morris are questionable to play vs. Heat
New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris and guard Dennis Smith Jr. are listed as questionable for their team’s game against the Miami Heat on Sunday, according to the team.
Injury Report for 1/12 versus Miami: Probable – Bullock (contused left thigh), Ntilikina (sore groin), Randle (personal reasons) and Robinson (sprained left great toe); Questionable – Morris Sr (sore neck) and Smith Jr. (strained left oblique)
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Morris has missed three straight games with a sore neck.
In the 33 games Morris has played this season, he has been terrific, averaging 19.1 points and 5.5 rebounds over 31.7 minutes per game while shooting 43.8 percent from the floor, 46.9 percent from three-point range and 83 percent from the free-throw line.
Widely viewed as a potential trade candidate, Morris wants to stay in New York, and the Knicks don’t seem willing to deal him at the moment.
Of course, with several weeks remaining between now and the Feb. 6 trade deadline, that could certainly change.
New York signed Morris to a one-year, $15 million deal this past summer after the veteran spent the previous two seasons with the Boston Celtics, putting together a couple of the best years of his career.
Meanwhile, Smith is nursing a strained left oblique and has not played since Dec. 23, but even when Smith has been healthy, playing time has been hard to come by for the youngster.
Smith has played in just 21 games this season, registering 5.2 points, 2.7 assists and 2.1 boards across 16.1 minutes a night while making 32.5 percent of his field-goal attempts, 29.3 percent of his long-distance tries and 50 percent of his foul shots.
The Knicks initially acquired the 22-year-old last January as one of the main pieces in a trade that sent big man Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks.