New York Knicks rookie Kevin Knox is likely to start Wednesday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in place of Mario Hezonja, according to Steve Popper of Newsday. Hezonja lasted all but five scoreless minutes before Knox exploded for a career-high 26 points and 15 rebounds, a bombastic performance that finally saw the much-awaited production from the first-round pick.
Hezonja has been largely ineffective as a starter besides two double-digit scoring mirages against the Philadelphia 76ers and the Brooklyn Nets, despite proving to be a somewhat decent defender at the position.
While Knox is likely to see the floor plenty against the Cavs, head coach David Fizdale won't tinker with Frank Ntilikina's role with the team, claiming his point guard prospect has played well in recent games.
“I don’t want to mess with him,” said Fizdale. “He’s just got back into the groove and he played two games back to back well… When a guy’s actually playing well in that role do I want to shift him?”
As the saying goes — “if it ain't broke, don't fix it.”
Ntilikina followed three straight DNPs with a seven-point, three-assist outing against the Brooklyn Nets, only to catch fire against the Charlotte Hornets and put up a season-high 18 points, making all of his four 3-pointers before fouling out of the game after 20 minutes of run.