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Knicks’ Jalen Bronson returns to Kings game “if he’s good” in practices

January 9, 2023; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks guard Jalen Bronson (11) reacts after a three-point basket during the third quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Jalen Brunson may be back Thursday night in Sacramento after skipping the last two Knicks Knicks games with a left foot injury.

New York coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters before the nationally televised game against West. 2 Sacramento Kings that Bronson will test his footing during the warm-up.

Bronson’s potential comeback couldn’t have come at the perfect time as they began a grueling four-game journey.

The Knicks will be looking to bounce back after their nine-game winning streak was brought to a screeching halt Tuesday night at home by the lottery-bound Charlotte Hornets. The loss reduced the Knicks’ lead for the fifth seed to just one game over rivals the Brooklyn Nets, who are sorely lacking in their game Thursday night against the Milwaukee Bucks, the best team in the East.

All eyes will be on the backcourt final between Bronson and Dearon Fox, who also returned from a hamstring injury.

Fox and Bronson are neck and neck in the clutch player ladder.

The Kings All-Star guard currently leads all players in total (165) and point clutch average (5.5). Bronson trails Fox in total clutch points with 131, while his average clutch score of 4.1 trails only Fox, Bradley Beal (4.4) and DeMar DeRozan (4.2). But Bronson has the lowest total turnover ratio (5) among the top five clutch players this season.

Equally interesting is the showdown between All Star forwards Julius Randle and Domantas Sabonis. The Kings’ big man is the league leader in double-doubles with 52. Randle is tied with Giannis Antetokounmpo by no. 4 with 38.

Another interesting thing was the sidelines chess match between Mike Brown and Tom Thibodeau, two of the Coach of the Year nominees.

Brown turned the Kings into an offensive powerhouse, leading the league with 118.7 points per 100 possessions. On the other hand, Thibodeau can no longer be boxed as a defensive coach, as the Knicks have had a top 5 offense this season, averaging 116.3 points per 100 possessions, while their defense is creeping into the top 10. With the defending champions Golden Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers no. 11. The Kings defense left a lot to be desired as they are in the bottom six in the league.

If this game fails, who would be more matchable between Bronson and Fox?

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