GREENBURGH, N.Y. - The Knicks won't have one of their main offseason pickups when they play their first preseason game Wednesday night against the Brazilian team Bauru.
Swingman Arron Afflalo continues to be hampered by a strained left hamstring and hasn't practiced in nearly a week.
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Derek Fisher has ruled him out for Wednesday night's game and it doesn't sound as if he will play Friday when the Knicks are in Washington to take on the Wizards.
"He hasn't done enough in the last few days for me to feel comfortable putting him out there even if he feels really good tomorrow," Fisher said.
"In a perfect world maybe Friday, but I think even then, I think we'd need to see a few practices and see how he responds to that before we start talking about putting him in a game."
Afflalo, who signed a two-year, $16-million contract, was penciled in as the Knicks' starting shooting guard or small forward if they decided to go with a big lineup. Fisher said he hasn't decided who he will start at shooting guard Wednesday night.
The definite starters, according to Fisher, are Jose Calderon, Carmelo Anthony and Robin Lopez. Fisher said he's still deciding whether to start 7-3 rookie Kristaps Porzingis at power forward, but it certainly seems as if he's leaning that way because of the matchup troubles it can cause.
His options at shooting guard are Langston Galloway, Sasha Vujacic and rookie Jerian Grant.
Fisher said eventually he would like to have a set lineup, and hopes he can later in the preseason.
"I would like to establish some consistency," Fisher said. "Even though this is a pretty good group and they enjoy working together, time on the floor together is really important. If we can develop some consistency in terms of our groups and our rotations in the preseason I think that will maybe help us get off to a better start when the regular season begins."