Kemba Walker watches from bench as Knicks play Derrick Rose late

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On immoderate nights, this is however it’s going to beryllium for constituent defender Kemba Walker.

Walker didn’t play the game’s last 18 minutes with Derrick Rose 1 of the hottest Knicks connected a acheronian Sunday astatine the Garden.

In his 3rd crippled arsenic a Knick, Walker logged 19 minutes, scored 10 points with 3 assists, nary turnovers and changeable 4 of 8. But helium was a minus-14.

Rose was going good capable to support Walker connected the pine, though the Knicks got obliterated successful the 4th quarter, 36-24.

“Like our team, he’s had immoderate bully moments,’’ Tom Thibodeau said of Walker’s archetypal 3 games. “There’s been immoderate moments not arsenic bully arsenic helium tin play. But our team, we get successful a concern similar tonight, you’re searching. I was searching for guys who could springiness america a shot. I thought the radical we ended up closing with gave america our champion shot.’’

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Thibodeau said the Knicks’ caller two-way player, erstwhile Spurs imaginable Luka Samanic apt won’t articulation the large club.

At the extremity of grooming camp, the Knicks signed the enigmatic 6-foot-10, 21-year-old Croatian, the 2019 first-round prime of the Spurs who was waived Oct. 11.

The Knicks jumping connected Samanic was astonishing due to the fact that it seemed summertime league players Aamir Sims of Clemson and MJ Walker of Florida State would beryllium signed to the remaining two-way contracts that let a subordinate a maximum 50 games successful the NBA.

Samanic is connected the verge of reporting to G-League Westchester’s camp, according to Thibodeau.

Finally addressing the authoritative signing, Thibodeau said, “I deliberation it’s for the Westchester team. We’re excited to person him. We’ll get a look astatine him erstwhile they get going.’’

A European scout interviewed past week said Samanic has centrifugal and cognition issues.

Center Taj Gibson, who missed the archetypal 2 games connected paternity leave, returned Sunday. He played 12 minuets, missing his lone changeable and grabbing 4 rebounds successful the loss.