The Knicks seek to get back to .500 as they take on Ja Morant’s injury-bit Grizzlies at home.
The New York Knicks will look to put Friday’s overtime loss behind them and regroup with a quick turnaround against the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday night.
The Knicks (9-10) and the Grizzlies (11-8) have been up-and-down as of late. Both teams are 5-5 over their last 10 games.
Memphis is coming in off of a comfortable win over New Orleans, which got the Grizzlies back on track after taking back-to-back losses to Brooklyn and Sacramento.
The Knicks and Grizzlies last met in the season-opener, where Memphis was able to hold off New York for a close 115-112 overtime win.
New York will try to avenge that loss and get its first win over the Grizzlies since the 2020-21 season. Memphis has won three straight meetings against the Knicks entering Sunday’s contest.
Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET.
All hands on deck
On Saturday afternoon, the Knicks announced that Jalen Brunson (right quadriceps contusion), Derrick Rose (toe) and Cam Reddish (groin) are all listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.
Brunson played a key role in the first meeting against the Grizzlies, with a solid Knicks debut performance that included 15 points, six boards, nine assists and no turnovers.
While the Brunson-Morant matchup was a fun one to watch unfold in the backcourt the last time out, depending on who ends up suiting up, it’ll be compelling to see how the Knicks handle Morant and who steps up in light of potential absences this time around.
If Brunson and Rose don’t play, that would simply mean more minutes and responsibilities for Immanuel Quickley and Miles McBride. Quickley has played well as of late and will look to build off his last couple performances.
Going through the fourth Grizzlies
Morant is obviously the leading man to watch and is building a strong case early for NBA MVP. He enters Sunday’s matchup averaging 28.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, 7.3 assists, and 1.1 steals per game.
Desmond Bane remains out with an injury, but Dillon Brooks has been another solid scoring threat when he’s able to get into a groove. He’s coming off of a 25-point game and recently had a 31-point outing last Sunday against the Brooklyn Nets.
Although Memphis has been up-and-down as of late, Jaren Jackson Jr. has been a welcomed returnee for the Grizzlies. After making his season debut on Nov. 15 in a shaky performance against New Orleans, Jackson has hit his stride, scoring at least 20 points in every game since then, while shooting 56.7% overall during that stretch. His athleticism and versatility has bolstered the Grizzlies, who have needed all the help it can get on the defensive front.
Steven Adams anchors the paint and is mostly there for his rebounding and defense, but he’s chipped in double-doubles in two of the last three games. Tyus Jones and Brandon Clarke are two go-to guys off the bench. Jones has steadily improved as a three-point shooter over the years, but is mostly there for his ability to facilitate and provide secondary ball-handler minutes to Morant, and Clarke is an athletic all-around big man that provides energy whenever he checks in.
Aside from the Knicks’ injuries, the Grizzlies will be without Bane, Danny Green (knee), and Ziaire Williams (patellar tendinitis). John Konchar (calf) and Santi Aldama (non-COVID illness) are questionable.