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Knicks’ OG Anunoby out for Game 6, misses 4th straight game due to hamstring

The Knicks listed starting forward OG Anunoby as out due to a left hamstring strain for Game 6 of the team’s second-round playoff matchup against the Indiana Pacers on Friday.

Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau said Anunoby had progressed between Games 4 and 5 from doing most of his work in a pool to light on-court work, but didn’t have much of an update for the versatile wing’s return timeline on Thursday.

“Doing a little bit more but basically we’ll see where he is tomorrow,” Thibodeau said after practice at the team’s Tarrytown training facility. “Just on the court, that’s it. Just light work. Very light.”

Anunoby left the third quarter of the Knicks’ Game 2 victory over the Pacers at Madison Square Garden after hurting his hamstring on a transition layup.

Friday marks the fourth consecutive game the star Knicks forward has missed due to injury in the playoffs.

Anunoby also missed 27 regular-season games after undergoing surgery on his right elbow, then aggravating the same elbow after his return to the floor.

The Knicks went 20-3 in games Anunoby played after the Dec. 30 trade sending RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley to the Toronto Raptors and 13-14 in games he missed due to his elbow injury.

With the three-and-D wing out of the lineup, Thibodeau has turned to both Precious Achiuwa and Miles McBride in the starting unit.

Thibodeau started McBride in Game 5, and the third-year guard scored a playoff career-high 17 points and played stifling defense on Pacers All-Star Tyrese Halliburton to help power the Knicks to a 30-point victory on Wednesday.

Anunoby averaged 14.1 points on 49 percent shooting from the field and 39.4 percent shooting from three-point range to go with 1.7 steals and one block per game during the regular season. He scored 28 points in 28 minutes before injuring his hamstring in Game 2 against the Pacers.


Josh Hart said he’s still not a power forward, even though he might be listed as one in the starting lineup.

“Still not a four. The season has been very interesting because there’s times where I’m bringing the ball up playing point, and there’s times where I’m playing the five and setting screens and rolling and being a center,” said Hart, who invoked some words from his former Villanova head coach Jay Wright. “And one thing Coach Wright always told me before was, ‘You’re not what they label you are. You’re a basketball player. And that’s my position, and hopefully Thibs knows that. So, not a four.”


The Knicks enjoyed two days of rest in-between Games 5 and 6, a welcome sight on the schedule for a team down four rotation players during a deep playoff run.

“Whenever you can get rest, it’s great,” said Jalen Brunson. “But I for sure am ready to play and ready to go.”


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