Evan Fournier skipped the Knicks’ morning shootaround (*30*) for personal causes, and he initially was not anticipated to play in opposition to the Hornets to deal with a family-related matter.
But the veteran guard determined to play and ended up pouring in a team-high 30 factors within the Knicks’ 125-114 loss on the Garden.
“When you have something that happens to you and your family and the situation gets under control, more or less, it kind of resets everything,” Fournier mentioned. “You’re protected, I’m protected. So it’s like, ‘OK let’s simply do what I really like now with out pondering of the rest however having fun with the second and being current.’
“To be honest, [Tuesday] night I thought I wasn’t going to play. After the situation got a little better, I’m in the NBA, I’m in New York City, I play at Madison Square Garden every night. As a kid, it was my dream. So I’m not going to let that affect my love for the game.”
Fournier, who broke John Starks’ group report for 3-pointers in a season final week, nailed six extra in opposition to Charlotte to spice up his season whole to 230.
“Says a lot,” Tom Thibodeau mentioned. “His shot-making was huge for us. Thirty-point ballgame. Unfortunately, we don’t have a win to show for it.”
Quentin Grimes missed his third straight game with a sore knee, lending additional credence to the likelihood that the Knicks rookie got here again too quickly from the dislocated kneecap that sidelined him for greater than a month. Grimes returned to the lineup on March 18 and appeared in 5 video games earlier than sitting out after the group’s win in Miami on March 25.
“You just want to be sure he’s completely healthy. That’s the big thing,” Thibodeau mentioned. “So when he’s ready to go, he’ll go.”
Thibodeau provided no replace on Derrick Rose, who doesn’t seem more likely to return this season following December ankle surgical procedure and a follow-up process final month.