Monday in Memphis could force the Knicks to start touch Gibson at the center and use Norwall Pale as a substitute.
In a single note in Houston on Sunday night, starter center Nerlens Noel hit the knee with Christian Wood and endured what Knicks said was a sprained ankle. He left in the third quarter and didn’t come back, he only played 11:20.
The Knicks are fine without him. Gibson played a solid 31-minute defense and scored 6 points (3 out of four shots) with five rebounds, with Tom Thibodder saying he was “ unbelievable ” Rare action played in the last five minutes.
Thibodeau was unaware of Noel’s status for Monday’s game. But his lack of return is not a good sign, Thibodeau had options other than Pelle as a substitute when Toppin began appearing in the last two weeks as a two-way force, he was able to switch to center and play side by side. Julius Randle
A sixth man, Alec Burks, not on the COVID-19 program, was held from Sunday’s race. But there is a chance to compete in Memphis. The Knicks have not given Burks commentary since his return to the team. He missed eight games in a row.
“ He’s getting closer and closer, ” Thibodeau said.
The coach hasn’t really changed the turnover since the Burks left – rather than adding rookie minutes, Immanuel Quickley and Derrick Rose originally, Thibodeau said Kevin Knox and Frank Ntilikina, the Knicks’ former lottery pickers, will take on the slump. But until Sunday, it has not been played in the previous three games ..
“We have people in and out all season long,” Thibodeau said. “We’ll see where he’s smart. A guy like Alek, I think he will adjust really quickly. ”