‣ New York Knicks center Jericho Sims is expected to be out for one to two weeks due to a right ankle sprain.
‣ Isaiah Hartenstein replaced Sims in a recent game, scoring nine points and a career-high 17 rebounds.
‣ Due to the injury-riddled roster, the Knicks have signed Taj Gibson to a nonguaranteed deal, who is expected to see more extended minutes.
Knicks center Jericho Sims (right ankle sprain) is expected to miss one-to-two weeks, sources tell ESPN. Sims injured himself against the Lakers on Monday. The Knicks are already down starting center Mitchell Robinson with an injury.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn)
Jericho Sims, the center for the New York Knicks, is out. Ouch! He’s expected to be benched for a week or two thanks to a sprained right ankle, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Sims, who’s 25, hurt himself during the first half of Monday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers. It was a close one, but the Knicks pulled through with a 114-109 victory.
But it’s not all sunshine for the Knicks. They’re already missing starting center Mitchell Robinson due to an injury.
Isaiah Hartenstein stepped up to replace Sims. He scored nine points and made a career-high 17 rebounds in almost 39 minutes of play. The 7-footer played one of his best games ever. Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said, “We knew we would be challenged in this way to be mentally tough, to get through adversity.”
There’s a tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski that sums it up. He says, “Knicks center Jericho Sims (right ankle sprain) is expected to miss one-to-two weeks, sources tell ESPN. Sims injured himself against the Lakers on Monday. The Knicks are already down starting center Mitchell Robinson with an injury.”
Thibodeau added, “There’s going to be some bumps. We took on a big injury, and I think the guys that are stepping in have been terrific. You need everybody, and we’ve got different guys, someone different almost every night.”
Sims hasn’t been at his best this season. He’s made five starts in 14 games, but his averages are at career lows. He’s scoring just 1.6 points, making 1.7 rebounds, and playing 7.4 minutes per game. He’s also shooting a career-worst 66.7% from the floor and 60% at the foul line.
In the Knicks’ recent 144-122 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, Sims recorded a season-high seven points, two rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 19 minutes off the bench.
The Knicks have been dealing with a lot of injuries lately. They even signed Taj Gibson to a nonguaranteed deal last Thursday. With Sims out, the 15-year veteran will likely see more extended minutes. This is actually the fourth time that Gibson is reunited with Thibodeau.
Hartenstein might get around 35 minutes a night, according to Bleacher Report’s Tyler Conway. Julius Randle is also expected to see extended minutes at center.
Tonight, the Knicks are facing the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. ESPN’s Basketball Power Index shows Brooklyn with a 58.5% chance to win. New York enters this rivalry matchup as a 1.5-point favorite.
As for the season’s championship, the Knicks are not the favorites. They hold the 16th-shortest odds, according to a few NBA betting sites. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat are showing better odds at the sportsbooks.