The Knicks will be shorthanded in the backcourt for their final game of the first half of the season, as the team has ruled point guard Derrick Rose out for Thursday's matchup with the Detroit Pistons due to health and safety protocols.
Rose missed Tuesday night's game in San Antonio after being placed in COVID health and safety protocols due to an inconclusive test, a source told SNY's Ian Begley.
Rose has had multiple negative tests since the inconclusive test and was cleared to fly back to New York with the team after the game, per Begley, but the veteran guard needed to continue to test negative on Wednesday and Thursday in order to be cleared to return.
Frank Ntilikina started on Tuesday in Rose's absence, and he played fairly well with 13 points while hitting three three-pointers. Head coach Tom Thibodeau explained after the game that he wanted to keep Immanuel Quickley coming off the bench with the second unit. Quickley scored 26 points off the bench in the loss.
Rose has averaged 24.6 minutes per game since being traded to New York, averaging 12.5 points and 4.9 assists per contest.