In tonight’s matchup, the New York Knicks are set to play the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden. However, the Knicks will be without their starting point guard Elfrid Payton due to a sore hamstring. Immanuel Quickley will likely be given his first start of the season. Here’s what this means and what to expect from New York.
Is Quickley ready to start?
Despite only being 21, fans have been waiting anxiously to see more minutes from their rookie. Although Quickley has put in some mediocre performances in recent weeks, he should be ready. He seems to gel in well with the starters in a way Elfrid Payton doesn’t and will be a great addition to the side. Although he can’t provide the aggressiveness in getting to the rim, he’ll help spread the floor very well. Quickley will match up with a player of similar energy and quickness in the form of De’Aaron Fox. This will be a fascinating matchup to watch in terms of the impact these two bring to their selective teams.
Which guard will be added to the rotation?
Elfrid Payton’s injury gives out-of-favor Knicks the chance to perform. It seems as though want-away guard Austin Rivers will get the nod to come off the bench at point guard tonight. He’s played little to no minutes since the recent trade bringing Derrick Rose to New York but has the chance to prove his worth against the Kings. He’ll beat the likes of Frenchman Frank Ntilikina to win minutes under coach Thibodeau tonight.
How much does losing Payton affect the squad?
Elfrid Payton has been a force to be reckoned with this season. In his last ten games, the point guard has averaged fifteen points and four rebounds. The 27-year-old has been great in getting to the rim and has made things difficult for opposing point guards. However, losing him won’t be as significant t as losing one of the more impactful players on the Knickerbockers.
The Knicks tip-off against the Kings at 7:30 in the cross-conference matchup. Fans should expect Payton to be back within the next week or so and will hope he continues on his scoring rampage.