Johnson couldn't hit the bottom of the net during Thursday's game, going ice cold from every area of the floor, including the charity stripe. That being said, he helped make up for it by providing great defensive effort, collecting a combined six steals and blocks, surpassing his previous season high of five combined steals and blocks. His poor shooting night is most likely an outlier, considering he's been shooting 51.9 percent from the field in the month of March, so fantasy owners shouldn't make any quick decisions on Johnson based on his past two subpar performances.
Before exiting the game after a collision on a charge call caused him to injure his right wrist, Jones finished with four points (1-4 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-4 FT) and four rebounds across 22 minutes. No official designation about his injury has been released, but he should be considered questionable for Friday's tilt against the Celtics, which comes on the second half of a back-to-back set.
With Carmelo Anthony (knee) out, Kuzminskas will draw the start in his place. In three starts this season, the 27-year-old rookie out of Lithuania has averaged 12.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.0 assists across 28.2 minutes per game while knocking down 48.1 percent of his field-goal attempts.
This is the first news of Thomas having an injury, but it's apparently serious enough for him to sit out Thursday's contest even though it's being listed as just soreness. That being said, the Knicks are out of the playoff hunt and have seemingly little reason to play anyone with the possibility of making their injury worse. Kyle O'Quinn will likely be the main beneficiary of Thomas' absence.
This is the first news of Anthony having a knee injury, though it was reported on Tuesday that he would likely be seeing less minutes moving forward. The Knicks are probably playing it safe with Anthony, as they are well out of the playoff hunt and may be interested in seeing what their younger guys are capable of. Fantasy owners still probably shouldn't drop Anthony, but his status for all upcoming games should be monitored, as it's possible this won't be the last time he's listed as unavailable with little to no warning earlier in the day.
Noel has only averaged 20.0 minutes per game over his past four games -- providing 8.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.0 blocks, and 0.5 steals per game. That being said, the fact that he's in the starting lineup Thursday may indicate he's in line for a slight bump in usage. Regardless, the move will send Yogi Ferrell to the bench.
As expected, Williams will suit up for Thursday's game with the intention to take the floor after missing Tuesday's matchup against the Heat with a stomach issue. He splits time at center with Alex Len, averaging 25.6 minutes per game in the month of March.
With T.J. Warren (foot) out Thursday, coach Earl Watson has opted to insert Jones into the starting five. He's averaged 4.4 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks across 16.4 minutes per game since the All-Star break, but could see around 25 to 30 minutes of action Thursday.
Despite being labeled as questionable earlier Thursday, Warren eventually trended towards doubtful, and is now listed as out against the Nets. Coach Earl Watson is opting to start Derrick Jones Jr. in Warren's place.
Warren was given a questionable designation earlier Thursday, but according to coach Earl Watson, Warren is trending in the wrong direction ahead of tip-off. While there's still a chance he plays, the fact that the Suns are heading into a back-to-back certainly doesn't help Warren's chances of taking the court. Another update shouldn't be far off after he's able to test the injury out during pregame warmups. Derrick Jones would likely pick up the start at small forward if Warren can't play.