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Knicks’ Kevin Knox could return to New York’s rotation Sunday vs. Celtics

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New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox found himself glued to the pine for Friday’s defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia 76ers. For the first time in his career, he was healthy enough to suit up — yet head coach David Fizdale opted not to deploy the team’s No. 9 overall pick from the 2018 NBA Draft.

“Sometimes they’ve got to go through some tough love to find themselves and watch the game from 25,000 feet, see it, and see the things that I’m emphasizing,” Fizdale said about his decision to keep Knox on the bench, per the New York Post.

After starting 57 games last year and averaging 28.8 minutes per contest, Knox has started just one game over the first 19 games of the season for New York and has seen his minutes per game dip to 19.8 on a nightly basis. He has seen his role with the club fluctuate wildly since the start of the season, but now Fizdale is saying that Knox could get himself back onto the floor Sunday versus the Boston Celtics.

While Fizdale has merely quipped that Knox “will be a consideration, for sure,” to suit up, whether that’s directly tied to the status of starting power forward Marcus Morris Sr. remains unknown. Even if Knox is cleared to enter the game, it’s not exactly clear how many minutes he will receive, having seen 15 minutes or more in just two of his past seven contests.

The Knicks boast a plethora of veteran forwards who have swarmed on the playing time that Knox enjoyed last season. Where he stands moving forward remains to be seen, but suiting up Sunday would be a step in the right direction for getting back into the good graces of Fizdale.