The Knicks roll with Emmanuel Kwikley again while Jalen Bronson stays out for the Hornets
Jalen Brunson will miss his second straight game as the New York Knicks try to extend their league’s longest winning streak to 10 Tuesday night at home to the struggling Charlotte Hornets.
New York coach Tom Thibodeau to reporters Before the game that felt better about Bronson’s sore foot, which held him back last Sunday in Boston. But with a light opponent and a tough ride on the West Coast, the Knicks don’t throw caution to the wing.
Bronson will sit out for only the sixth time this season. But he will travel with the Knicks on their four-game road trip that begins in Sacramento on Thursday.
Emmanuel Quickley thrived in Boston without Bronson. Quickley scored a career-high 38 points, seven in the second overtime, to help the Knicks beat the Celtics for the third time in a row. Quickley added eight rebounds, seven assists, and four steals in a thrilling performance on national television that tilted the Sixth Man of the Year odds in his favour.
Bronson had three more days to improve his left foot before the marquee game against the third-ranked Kings in the Western Conference, who also struggled with a hamstring injury.
Against the Hornets losing their last three games, Quickley will face Terry Rozier and former Nick Dennis Smith Jr. in the backcourt sans an injured LaMelo ball.
The 23-year-old Quikley averages 19.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 11 games as a starter this season. Second year guard Miles McBride will once again have an opportunity to play with the second unit.
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