Enes Kanter expects to play on Thursday night in Brooklyn, but that doesn't mean the Knicks' chatty center is operating at maximum capacity. Kanter's balky back and sore hip essentially kept him on the bench for the entirety of the fourth quarter and overtime during Tuesday's win over the Lakers, Jeff Hornacek acknowledged, but both player and coach indicated there are no current plans for a shutdown. "Mentally, I'm good, real good. We got a real good win yesterday, so have to keep playing like that. Physically, I'm getting there. I'm over 40-50 percent," Kanter said following practice Wednesday in Westchester. "I remember the year I got traded to OKC (from Utah in 2015), we lost the playoff spot by a half-game. So, I mean, every game, every possession counts. I'll get rest in the summertime." The Thunder actually missed the 2015 playoffs in a tiebreaker for the No. 8 seed with New Orleans, but the point is well-taken with the Knicks, at 14-13, beginning play Wednesday's action in a four-way tie with Washington, Philadelphia and Detroit for the final three playoff positions in the tight Eastern Conference. Kanter, who sat out three games in late November with back spasms, is averaging 13.4 points and 10.3 rebounds in 26 minutes per game since arriving in the preseason Carmelo Anthony trade. He tweaked his left hip, he said, in a collision on Saturday in Chicago. "It's still bothering me even when I walk sometimes … but I think I'm fine," he said. "I don't feel it as much. I don't need crutches anymore and stuff, feel OK."
Knicks won’t shut down Enes Kanter as center continues to battle back, hip injuries
New York Daily News | Dec 13