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NBA - US Sports: Knicks rookie faces two-week absence

New York Knicks rookie Quentin Grimes is expected to be missing for around two weeks after suffering a knee injury in Friday's defeat to Miami Heat.

The Knicks are in action in the early game on Sunday as they face a tough home game against Philadelphia 76ers, with the game due to begin at 6pm for viewers in the UK.

The Knicks are 3/1 to win in the Money Line, while the Sixers can be backed at 10/11 with a -8 handicap in the Point Spread.

Grimes avoids need for surgery

Grimes suffered the injury in the first quarter of the defeat to Miami and there were fears he may need surgery.

It has now been confirmed he will not require an operation and will be re-evaluated in two weeks, meaning he is likely to miss around eight games and could return for the visit of Portland Trail Blazers on 16th March.

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Nerlens Noel is rated as questionable ahead of Sunday's game after remaining on the bench against Miami and the Knicks will also be without Kemba Walker and Derrick Rose.

Rose has an ankle injury, but could be back in action in around two weeks, although the Knicks will be reluctant to rush the veteran guard's recovery as it looks unlikely they will be able to force their way into the play-in places.

Knicks need a strong run

The Knicks, who have lost their last four games, sit 12th in the Eastern Conference and are four games behind Atlanta Hawks in the final post-season spot.

Philadelphia have a fully fit roster ahead of Sunday's game and head to New York in fine form with four wins in their last five games.

The Sixers sit third spot and can move to within two games of conference leaders Miami with a win in an intense battle for the top seed in the East.

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