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Mike Vorkunov: Lance Thomas out with a sprained right thumb.
Al Iannazzone: No Melo (back), Rose (knee) or Lance thomas (hip) tonight vs. Heat.
Lance Thomas fought plantar fasciitis early in the season then was out for 14 games after suffering a fractured orbital bone. But he is back, and his presence has helped the Knicks’ defense.
With the Knicks, it always is “look for a silver lining.” Thomas may have found one in his fracture: his feet feel fine. “I don’t feel any of that in my feet,” said Thomas, who scored a season-high 21 points in Friday’s loss in Philadelphia. “So indirectly, this fracture in my face has been a blessing to help give me time to get my feet back under me.”
Marc Berman: Lance Thomas and mask ready for debut today.
Lance Thomas was back with the Knicks on Monday wearing a protective mask, but coach Jeff Hornacek said the reserve swingman is about a week away from playing in games. According to the Knicks, Thomas is still suffering from headaches and concussion-like symptoms after fracturing his orbital bone one week ago. Thomas, who was putting up shots but did not go through shootaround Monday, has already passed concussion protocol.
Ian Begley: ESPN sources say Lance Thomas has suffered a fracture to a bone in his cheek. The timetable for his return is unclear.
Al Iannazzone: Knicks say Lance Thomas (sore left ankle) will not be available tonight versus OKC.
Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said there’s no timetable for Lance Thomas’ return as he battles his way back from an assortment of injuries. Hornacek said, at the earliest, Thomas could be ready Tuesday against Portland but that’s a long shot. Thomas, who missed his third straight game, had his left foot in a walking boot. He has a bone bruise in his left ankle and plantar fasciitis in both feet. “I don’t think we have a timetable on it,’’ Hornacek said. “We’re making sure he’s totally healthy before he comes back. He’s a tough a guy, plays through lot of injuries. He’s gets healthy for a day and wants to be able to play and it’s sore again. We’ll be cautious with him.’’
Thomas, who left the locker room in a walking boot after missing a second straight game, told The Post the sprained ankle he suffered two weeks ago against the Rockets has turned into a bone bruise and he will be evaluated Thursday to determine a timetable. Thomas said he believes his subpar play was mostly due to his array of injuries. He had plantar fasciitis in his left foot over the summer and now has gotten it in the right foot. “I don’t want to be something that keeps me out for too long but when I come back I want to be effective to the team,” Thomas said. “I’ve been playing through the injuries. My teammates know I’ve been trying to do my best.’’
Michael Scotto: Knicks say Lance Thomas (sore left ankle) is OUT tonight against the Dallas Mavericks.
Glue guy Lance Thomas is likely done for the season, leaving the Knicks with 59 appearances to assess his value as a free agent.
Al Iannazzone: Knicks say Lance Thomas (sore left knee) is out again.
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Mark Murphy: Celtics expected to sign Sean Kilpatrick to 10-day contract later today. Combo guard most recently played through two 10-days with Clippers.
Memphis Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace today announced the team signed guard Marquis Teague to a 10-day contract as a Call-Up from the NBA G League’s Memphis Hustle. Teague becomes the first GATORADE Call-Up in Hustle franchise history. Teague (6-2, 180) started in all 47 of his games with the Hustle this season and averaged 17.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 6.1 assists in 32.5 minutes while shooting 45.5 percent from the field, 42.7 percent from three-point range and 78.2 percent from the free throw line. He has led the Hustle in total points, total assists and free throws made and attempted during the team’s inaugural season in the G League. In the month of March, Teague averaged 22.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 7.8 assists in 34.7 minutes for the Hustle.
Josh Robbins: The Magic have recalled Khem Birch and Rodney Purvis from Lakeland of the G-League and also transferred two-way contract player Jamel Artis to Orlando from Lakeland. Tonight, Orlando will host Phoenix at Amway Center.
Ask his teammates, and they marvel at Gobert’s incomparable length that seems to cover the entire paint. Ask Derrick Favors, and he’ll admit he often thinks, “Rudy just saved my ass,” during games. Ask Jazz head coach Quinn Snyder, and he’ll give a 90-second case for Gobert as Defensive Player of the Year. “Objectively, Rudy’s the guy,” Snyder tells SB Nation.
“If you look at efficiency rating, which is empirically what we look at to see how a team’s playing defensively, it’s directly attributable to your wins and losses on the court,” Snyder says. “If he gets 10 blocks, that’s great, but our [defensive] efficiency is 90, then the probability of us winning is probably about 90, too. And that’s Rudy.”