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Knicks' OG Anunoby upgraded to questionable for Game 7 vs. Pacers

Kristian Winfield, New York Daily News on

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Could it be, OG Anunoby?

The Knicks upgraded Anunoby, who has missed the last four games due to a strained left hamstring, to questionable for Game 7 of New York’s Eastern Conference semifinals matchup against the Indiana Pacers on Sunday.

He is expected to participate in pregame warmups and make a determination on his availability afterwards.

Anunoby strained his left hamstring on an awkward step on a fast-break opportunity with 4:02 left in the third quarter of Game 2, and he bailed on an uncontested layup, instead heaving the ball off the backboard to tend to his injured leg.

The starting forward had 28 points on 10-of-19 shooting from the field and 4-of-7 shooting from 3-point range in 28 minutes before limping off the court into the locker room.

On May 12, four days after his injury, Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said Anunoby had not yet begun running and was only doing pool work.

On May 14, Thibodeau said Anunoby progressed to light on-court work.

 

And on Friday, after the Game 6 loss to the Pacers, Thibodeau said the team’s medical staff told him Anunoby was “day-to-day.”

The Knicks own a 26-5 record in both the regular season and playoffs in games Anunoby has played since arriving in the Dec. 30 RJ Barrett-Immanuel Quickley deal with the Toronto Raptors.

They went 13-14 in the regular season in games he missed due to an elbow injury and are 1-3 in against the Pacers in the second round of the playoffs without the two-way forward, who traveled to Indianapolis with the team for their Game 6 loss on Friday.

Anunoby’s return could give the depleted Knicks a much-needed boost, though it’s unclear what kind of limitations the sweet-shooting wing could face returning just 10 days after limping off the Madison Square Garden floors.

Anunoby averaged 20.5 points in two games against the Pacers prior to his injury.


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