The Knicks considered that they sent Dennis Smith Jr, guard, to the G-League after he had been away from the team for almost two weeks, but now the opportunity has elapsed, according to David Fizdale.
Smith returned to the loss of the bull on Tuesday and looked rusty, which was understandable since he was not working on his own but crying his stepmother's death. In 14 minutes Tuesday, he shot 0-for-3 with three turnover, two and two stealing and minus-22 was collected.
But the NBA club will allow him to regain his rhythm and wind on the fly, not in low pressure minutes with the Knicks Westchester.
“We thought about it, but we thought it wasn't an injury that put it out,” said Fizdale on Wednesday. “It was more in terms of conditioning. So what we're going to do, we're going to play it, try to play it in smaller doses to restore it in shape. It is clear that he is doing a lot of court work, three on three, two on two. He had a full exercise today, which was great. “I don't see him putting it down. No, it's back to us now. ”
Fizdale said that he felt that Smith was better in Chicago than his production line. The guard had a point on the floor to start the fourth quarter, with the game tied 85-85. By the time it came out, the Knicks fled 99-89.
“It really moved really well,” Fizdale said. “He made some good decisions. I think the minus was somewhat unfair because it was his group together that was not doing the job. ”
Smith lost a game last week against his former team, the Mavericks, but he will be facing them for the first time since the Knicks got it in January.
Kristaps Porzingis made up 28 points (11 out of 22 shooting and 4 out of 8 from deep) and nine refunds against the Knicks Friday in Dallas. But the Knicks won, so they had no intention of letting Porzingis get their interpretation. And they would be happy to take that trade-off again in the second Thursday in the Garden.
“He didn't hurt us,” said Julius Randle. “We protected the paint. He got loose for a few 3s and a couple of turnaround posted over guards and things like that. Otherwise, we were willing to live with things he was doing. ”
Mitchell Robinson remained in the joint contest on Wednesday, but the Knicks listed him suspicious of playing Thursday. The center lost three direct matches since the November 6 concussion was in Detroit.
“It's going there,” Fizdale said. “I think there are more tests that they go through and then we will know.”
Reggie Bullock (cervical disk inheritance), who returned after the death of her sisters, has been medically cleared to participate in non-contact drills on the court and will be re-launched in early December, team. … The Payton Elf Elf Element (swinging) which has not been practiced and remains day to day.
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