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It doesn’t sound like Evan Furnier is moving to the back seat.

Knicks head coach Tom Tibodo will need more than 37 games to shake up the starting line-up, which hasn’t got enough of a shooting guard who signed a $ 73 million contract this season.

“Not really,” Thibodeau said Wednesday, to the question of whether he had thought about testing Fournier with a second unit.

Fournier recorded the best result of his career last season from a 3-point distance of 41.3 percent, but that figure has dropped to 36.3 percent this season. And he’s still falling: In a nearly 22-minute game during Nicks ’win over the Pacers on Tuesday, Furnier went goalless, hitting the field from 0 to 4 and 0 to 3 from deep.

He ended up with two assists and steals and lost in defense as he failed to catch up with 28-year-old substitute Keyfer Sykes – who insisted he wouldn’t offer a ton when Furnier’s shot didn’t fall.

Evan Fournier

Thibodeau could have promoted Immanuel Quickley, Quentin Grimes or Miles McBride to the first division, but the coach said he would prefer to keep the continuity in the groups. Also, according to Tibodo, he still sees a defense that fits Fournier’s distance.

“Even if he didn’t shoot, he makes room for us, so I like that aspect,” Thobodeau said after a workout at Tarritown. “One thing [is] About trying to leave our second section as intact as possible. These guys played well together for a while. “


Kemba Walker, who missed three games due to an injury to his left knee from an arthritic knee, was “a little, but not much” in Wednesday’s training session, Thibodeau said. Tibodo Walker was not sure if he would play against the Celts in the garden on Thursday.

The Nicks do not believe the veteran will need surgery.

Thibodeau said it was Nerlens Noel who missed seven games every day since entering the COVID-19 protocols on Dec. 22.

Clean Noel “practiced a bit” in practice on Wednesday.


Mitchell Robinson entered the protocols on Saturday and was cleared in time for the game on Tuesday. He missed just one game, but his experience was “gone”.

Robinson said he was feeling well and had not been tested positive for the coronavirus, but the result was uncertain and bypassed him. The center could not return until he returned two negative tests.

“You sit for a day or two, you don’t do anything, you don’t run – you get out of shape quickly, you know?” said Robinson. “You sit in the room all day. Then it’s very difficult to come back. “

Also on Tuesday, he managed to play for about 25 minutes.

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