Knicks rookie goalie Quentin Grimes prepares for return

DALLAS — Quentin Grimes’ impressive rookie season isn’t over.

And if there’s nothing else to take from this downbeat Knicks season, Grimes has blossomed as a solid two-way shooter representing a piece for the future.

In Game 1 of the All-Star break, Feb. 25 against Miami, Grimes’ knee bent as he moved across a screen and was aided by his teammates.

No timetable has been set for his return after the Knicks announced a dislocated right knee, but Grimes is progressing quickly, shooting and running, and will likely be cleared for his first contact practice on Tuesday. Maybe he’ll be back in about 10 days.

“It was my first injury for over a week,” Grimes said in his first remarks since the injury. “So it was crazy when it happened, but it wasn’t as bad as everyone thought. I think I was playing a little too hard, and I got dislocated a little bit and it went in in it and I rolled.

Grimes won’t see the replay out of fear.

“They told me what it looked like, so I didn’t want to see it,” Grimes said. “I felt it. It was on the side of my knee. Then it came back when I turned around. Luckily it wasn’t too bad.

Quentin Grimes

Last March, Grimes led the Houston Cougars to the NCAA Final Four, where they lost to eventual champion Baylor. Now he’s just trying to get back in time to finish the season on the pitch.

“It’s tough. You can see how my minutes went up, how much I was on the ball,” Grimes said. and get into the play-in now if we can.”

The 25th draft pick, acquired via a trade with the Clippers, entered coach Tom Thibodeau’s rotation in December. The coach relished his shooting from both sides and his 3-point shot. In 40 games, Grimes is averaging 6.3 points and shooting 39.8 percent from deep.

“Yeah, I really want [I’m a different player]” Grimes said. “Every game I learn more about myself, about the team, about what Thibs expects of me. I feel like every game I played I learned more , even if it’s a bad thing. I just learn from it, watching a movie.”

Thibodeau already uses a young tandem of backup guards consisting of Immanuel Quickley and rookie Miles McBride.

Grimes’ return should only add to the youth movement as the Knicks desperately try to stay in contention for the Qualifying Tournament – ​​4 ¹/₂ games on the 10th seed.

“He’s moving, he’s getting closer, he’s advancing well,” Thibodeau said. “He’s a phenomenal worker, and you have to give him a lot of credit. He’s a fierce competitor. [Contact] will be the next step, but [he is] do everything else. So far there are no problems.

Quentin Grimes is injured on February 25.
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According to a source, the Knicks will err on the side of caution and not rush it. Grimes hasn’t circled a date on his calendar for a first game back. But there will probably be one.

“I just want to come back and play,” Grimes said. “I love to play, I love to hoop. I want to go out there and do whatever I can to help the team win. If that means coming back and doing what I have to do.”

That fateful Friday when Grimes was injured, his brother, Tyler Myers, a veteran Canucks defenseman, and his mother, Tonja, were in the Garden stands.

Grimes and Myers are the first sibling tandem to play professionally in the NBA and NHL. They have different fathers, Quentin having grown up in Houston and Myers in Calgary. And on February 27, they were due to play in the same building on the same day before Grimes’ injury scuttled this great family moment.

As it happens, Myers scored his first goal of the season in that game against Rangers.

“It was even difficult for them to see [me get injured], just that they’re both there,” Grimes said. “It was a tough night for both of them. I went to the [hockey] game and all. He scored his first goal of the season. It’s a real moment for everyone to be there. It was my first hockey game since I was 10 years old.

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