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Point guard Kemba Walker is “out of the rotation for a while,” Tom Thibodeau announced Monday. On Tuesday night, it became clear that Walker was not just out of rotation, but out of his hometown.
In the Knicks’ 112-110 loss to Brooklyn, the outside position of the Bronx-raised point guard was set in stone. Despite the coach’s announcement, RJ Barrett’s illness opened the way for Walker to return to court. With Barrett out of the game in the second quarter, Thibodeau could move Alec Berks, a newly established starting point guard for Barrett, into a small forward position and start Walker to start the second half of the game.
Not the opportunity. The under-used rookie Quentin Grimes started the third quarter for Barrett and outscored the Nets Knicks, 14-0.