Knicks News: Nerlens Noel could miss time with injury, Rockets offer massive confidence boost

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Feb 27, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Nerlens Noel #3 of the New York Knicks reacts after he is called for a foul in the second quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks didn’t miss a beat after spending the last few days resting on a short break. They easily dismantled a bad Houston Rockets team, and like all great teams should do, they dominated the contest.

The Knicks won by a score of 122-96, controlling the game throughout and allowing some of their bench players to earn minutes. Julius Randle once again was unstoppable, posting 31 points and shooting 13-of-22 from the field. RJ Barrett, who played 40 minutes, had 21, with seven rebounds, five assists, and two steals in the victory. Off the bench, Derrick Rose contributed 24 and Immanuel Quickley 13, showcasing their ability to produce consistently and adequate depth.

While this victory was simple and put the Knicks on the right track as they head into a more competitive game with the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday evening, there was a bit of bad news against Houston.

Nerlens Noel injury update for the Knicks:

After clashing knees with Christian Wood, Nerlens Noel left the game with a left ankle sprain, which could keep them out for several days. With Noel’s height and lanky frame, returning from an ankle issue can sometimes be strenuous, and it is best to rest up before the postseason commences in a few weeks.

Of course, this wasn’t an ideal situation considering the Knicks are coming off a resting period. Noel is currently on a one-year, $5 million deal with New York, averaging 5.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 23.9 minutes per game. He has been one of the Knicks’ best defenders this year and a player they cannot stand to lose during playoff games.

Hopefully, the ankle injury is a low sprain, which would keep them out for a few weeks rather than months if it was a high sprain. As soon as more information is available, we will provide an update.

In more positive news, the NBA will announce its Coach of the Month for April soon, and after going 11-4, Tom Thibodeau has a solid chance of earning the accolade. It’s about time the Knicks start to gain some recognition for their performance this season.