UPDATE: Jan. 13, 1:30 p.m. — Morris and Dennis Smith Jr. will remain out of the lineup Tuesday vs. the Milwaukee Buck.
Marcus Morris and Dennis Smith Jr. will not play against Milwaukee tomorrow, per the Knicks.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) January 13, 2020
UPDATE: Jan. 10, 5:32 p.m. — Morris is also listed as out vs. the Pelicans.
UPDATE: Jan. 10, 11:29 a.m. — Morris is now doubtful to play Friday vs. the New Orleans Pelicans and Julius Randle remains out due to personal reasons.
Knicks say Marcus Morris (sore neck) is doubtful for tonight. Julius Randle and DSJ are out.— Chris Iseman (@ChrisIseman) January 10, 2020
So it looks like the Knicks will be without both Randle and Morris again, so that means Portis should start and see a bigger role again. Mitchell Robinson is probable to play, but he’s also a candidate for additional minutes.
UPDATE: Jan. 8, 7:35 p.m. — Morris has been ruled out along with DSJ. Bobby Portis and Reggie Bullock will start vs. the Jazz.
As expected no Morris, Randle or Smith. Bullock and portis start.— Steve Popper (@StevePopper) January 9, 2020
UPDATE: Jan. 8, 1:32 p.m. — Morris is listed as doubtful again Wednesday vs. the Utah Jazz.
Marcus Morris (neck) is doubtful for the Utah game tonight, Knicks say. Kevin Knox (sprained right ankle) and Mitchell Robinson (sprained left toe) are probable. Dennis Smith Jr. (oblique) is questionable.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) January 8, 2020
Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson are also on the injury report, though both appear OK to play tonight. If that’s the case and Morris is out, we should see a lot of both Robinson and Knox, plus Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis with Julius Randle already ruled out for personal reasons.
UPDATE: Jan. 7, 8:49 p.m. — Morris has been ruled out vs. the Lakers. DSJ is also out.
Marcus Morris is out tonight.— Steve Popper (@StevePopper) January 8, 2020
Injury Report for 1/7 at LA Lakers: Questionable - Dennis Smith Jr. (strained left oblique); Doubtful - Marcus Morris Sr. (sore neck). Elfrid Payton (personal reasons) will be available.— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) January 7, 2020
Morris had been listed as probable for tonight’s game, but now it looks like he’s unlikely to play. Payton had been out due to personal reasons but will return to the lineup, while DSJ has also been sidelined. No Morris would be a big blow for the Knicks, who have played better recently — mostly thanks to Morris. He scored 38 points against the Los Angeles Clippers last game, so that scoring void will need to be filled.
Julius Randle ($7,300) is now looking like a top GPP play and even cash-game play on tonight’s six-game main slate on DraftKings. He should see more usage and offensive touches, plus was already playing a ton and pretty well recently. Mitchell Robinson ($5,300) and Taj Gibson ($3,100) both get a nice boost with Morris out as well.