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Nerlens Noel, Elfrid Payton will start Game 2 vs. Hawks [UPDATE]

We go over the key injuries that could impact the Knicks heading into the postseason.

New York Knicks’ Nerlens Noel, right, fouls Atlanta Hawks’ Clint Capela during the second half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series on May 23, 2021 in New York City. Photo by Seth Wenig - Pool/Getty Images

The New York Knicks are part of the NBA’s postseason for the first time since the 2012-13 season and earned the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference. They will match up with the Atlanta Hawks in their first round series, which is set to get started on Sunday, May 23. The Knicks are relatively healthy heading into the postseason aside from their starting big man who has been out nearly two months.

New York Knicks injury report

Knicks-Hawks Game 2 update — Okay, so the final update, Noel is available to play and will start in Game 2 vs. the Hawks. Elfrid Payton was also confirmed in the starting lineup despite playing 8 minutes in the Game 1 loss. Payton feels too volatile to consider in DFS. Noel may not play a ton if the Knicks opt for smaller lineups with Julius Randle at the 5. Either way, the Knicks will have everyone but Robinson for Game 2.

5/26 Update: Mitchell Robinson, foot — Robinson has been ruled out for Game 2 vs. the Hawks on Wednesday. Robinson didn’t play in Game 1 and has been out indefinitely. We don’t know if Robinson will be able to return for the first round, but he may have a better shot if the Knicks advance.

5/25 Update: Nerlens Noel, ankle — The Knicks are listing Noel as questionable to play in Game 2 vs. the Hawks on Wednesday.

5/24 Update: Nerlens Noel, ankle - Head coach Tom Thibodeau says Noel tweaked his ankle in Game 1. Thibodeau expects the big man to be ready to play in a pivotal Game 2 for the Knicks, who are down 1-0 after a 107-105 loss in Game 1.

Mitchell Robinson, foot — The 7-footer fractured his foot in late March and has yet to return to the court for the Knicks. His season is likely over after starting 29 of 31 games and averaged 8.3 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.