Several key Knicks could miss the showdown with the Suns

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The Knicks can be shorthanded again when they host the Suns Friday night.

Mitchell Robinson (protocol for concussion), Derrick Rose (sprained ankle) and Taj Gibson (sore groin) have been listed as dubious to face Phoenix. All three sat out with the home win over the Lakers Tuesday.

The visit of red-hot Phoenix, which has a winning streak of 14 games, is the front end of back-to-back games for the Knicks. The second game will be their first trip to Atlanta since Trae Young and the Hawks knocked them out of the playoffs in June.

The Knicks did not have media availability on Thanksgiving, but coach Tim Thibodeau said Wednesday that Robinson is “making progress” and reviewing “all the minutes” since he was elbowed in the nose by Houston’s Jae’Sean Tate Saturday night in a home win over the Rockets.

Mitchell Robinson is one of three Knicks players who could miss the game against the Suns.

“If he’s cleared, he’s going to be a go,” Thibodeau said on Wednesday when asked about Robinson, who has appeared in 15 of the Knicks’ 18 games after undergoing foot surgery that ended the season in March. “There’s a progression in that, so he goes through every phase, and there’s still more he has to go through before he’s done.”

Thibodeau added Wednesday that Rose and Gibson “did a little bit” in practice, but they were still considered everyday. Tuesday’s game against the Lakers was the first that the 33-year-old Rose has sat out this season. The 36-year-old Gibson has missed each of the Knicks’ last three competitions.

Despite recent absences, former lottery pick Kevin Knox has not risen from the bench in any of the last eight games since a one-minute stay on Nov. 7 against the Cavaliers. The ninth overall pick in 2018 out of Kentucky, Knox has recorded just seven minutes over three appearances this season and has scored only one point.

With Rose on the sidelines, Thibodeau rookie Quentin Grimes spent five pointless minutes off the bench in the Lakers victory Tuesday.


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