And the Knicks swingman delivered, making his first four shots as he came off the bench to start the second quarter and providing two assists – including a go-oop to Obi Toppin.
But Burks couldn’t finish what he started as he got entangled with Memphis point guard Ja Morant and twisted his ankle, forcing him out of the game with four minutes left.
Burks, who also took on some leadership duties on his return, was not made available after the game and his status now appears uncertain for the game in Denver on Wednesday.
“In his first comeback game, I thought he did some really good things,” said Tom Thibodeau. “But his timing is still not there, he will get there. “
Burks made his first attempt at a shot since the game against New Orleans on April 18 – a 3-point that went in, out and returned. It remains to be seen whether he will be ready to continue his return.
With Taj Gibson starting for injured Nerlens Noel, Norvel Pelle was given the role of substitute as Thibodeau decided not to play small ball.
“Pelle gave us some really good minutes,” said Thibodeau. Pelle, who has a partially guaranteed deal for next season, recorded 14 minutes, registered five blocks, scored two points and was a plus-7.
The Knicks signed point guard Jared Harper for another 10-day pact. When that expires, they would still have a few days to ink Argentinian Luca Vildoza, but they are definitely interested in next season. “Leon [Rose], We s [William Wesley] et Scott [Perry] are always looking for opportunities that we might have, ”said Thibodeau. “It depends on them. If something makes sense and we think it can help us, we’ll always look at it. But we’re obviously happy with the players we have. ”