Alec Burks’ return to Knicks stalled by ankle injury

The Knicks lastly acquired Alec Burks again after he missed the final eight video games for COVID-19 protocols.

And the Knicks swingman delivered, making his first 4 photographs when he got here off the bench to begin the second quarter and delivering two nifty assists — together with an alley-oop to Obi Toppin.

But Burks couldn’t end what he began as he acquired entangled with Memphis level guard Ja Morant and twisted his ankle, forcing him to depart the sport with 4 minutes left.

Burks, who additionally dealt with some level–guard duties in his return, wasn’t made out there after the sport and his standing now seems unsure for the sport in Denver on Wednesday.

“His first sport again, I assumed he did some actually good issues,’’ Tom Thibodeau mentioned. “But his timing’s nonetheless not there, it can get there.’’

Burks made his first shot try for the reason that sport versus New Orleans on April 18 — a 3-pointer that went in, out and again in. Whether he’ll be prepared to proceed his comeback stays to be seen.

With Taj Gibson beginning for injured Nerlens Noel, Norvel Pelle was given the backup position as Thibodeau determined in opposition to going small-ball.

“Pelle gave us actually good minutes,’’ Thibodeau mentioned. Pelle, who has {a partially} assured deal for subsequent season, logged 14 minutes, registered 5 blocks, scored two factors and was a plus-7.

The Knicks signed level guard Jared Harper to one other 10-day pact. When that expires they’d nonetheless have a few extra days to ink the Argentinian Luca Vildoza however they’re positively for subsequent season. “Leon [Rose], Wes [William Wesley] and Scott [Perry] are all the time wanting on the alternatives we may have,’’ Thibodeau mentioned. “That’s up to them. If one thing is sensible and we expect it will possibly assist us, we’ll all the time look it. But we’re clearly happy with the gamers we have now.’’

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