Knicks' Tom Thibodeau unsure how much time Derrick Rose will miss due to COVID protocols

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Derrick Rose drives to the basket vs. Pistons blue uniform
Derrick Rose drives to the basket vs. Pistons blue uniform

Roughly an hour before tipoff of Tuesday night's game against the Spurs in San Antonio, the Knicks announced that Derrick Rose would not be available to play due to health and safety protocols.

The Knicks played listless basketball in the 119-93 loss to the Spurs, and after the game head coach Tom Thibodeau did not have much more to add to the Rose situation, saying the Knicks are in wait-and-see mode when it comes to the veteran guard.

"Honestly, I don’t know for certain," Thibodeau said when asked how much time Rose could miss. "We found out late. Obviously, it was after I had spoken to (reporters before the game), so it was a last-minute thing. That’s where we are in the league right now, it’s all health and safety protocols, so we’ll wait to hear and then as soon as we hear, we’ll update you.

"You hope for the best and plan for the worst."

Rose has averaged 24.6 minutes per game since being traded to New York, averaging 12.5 points and 4.9 assists per contest.

The Knicks were already without Elfrid Payton with a hamstring injury, leading Thibodeau to go with Frank Ntilikina as the starting at point guard while keeping Immanuel Quickley with the second unit.

Entering Tuesday having only played seven games this season, Ntilikina played well in his first start of the year, scoring 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including a perfect 3-of-3 from beyond the arc.

Keeping Quickley with the second unit seemed to be the right idea, as the rookie led the Knicks with 26 points on 8-of-21 shooting, knocking down six three-pointers while outscoring the rest of the second unit 26-18.

The Knicks have one more game -- a Thursday night matchup with the Detroit Pistons -- on their first-half schedule before going into the All-Star break, which could in theory limit the amount of game action that Rose may miss.