Quentin Grimes hasn’t been seen on the court since the first half of Game 3, when he suffered a shoulder contusion. But Grimes participated fully in Friday’s practice, and indicated that he expects to be ready Sunday afternoon for Game 1 of their second-round series with the Miami Heat
Quentin Grimes went through a full practice today and feels good about his chances to play on Sunday: pic.twitter.com/fVfH0w2VAX— Knicks Videos (@sny_knicks) April 28, 2023
The Knicks didn’t need Grimes to close out their first-round series, as they handled the Cavaliers in Games 4 and 5. Josh Hart started both of those games, and he had success guarding Heat superstar Jimmy Butler this season.
Josh Hart's best defensive matchup of the season?— Teg (@IQfor3) April 28, 2023
Jimmy Butler. In the 106 possessions that Josh Hart guarded Jimmy, he scored 21 points on 6-22 shooting (27.3%). Funny enough, this is also Jimmy's worst offensive matchup of the season. pic.twitter.com/RXvfTybQLF
However, Grimes is no slouch himself on the defensive end. Miami head coach Eric Spoelstra loves to throw zone defenses at the Knicks, and Grimes’ shooting and passing could be extremely valuable. Grimes played well against Miami in the regular season, averaging 16.3 points in four games. He scored 23 against them the last time these two teams met.
My guess is that Grimes will be in the starting lineup when the Knicks and Heat tip off on Sunday. Here’s hoping he rediscovers his shooting stroke and buries Miami with triples.