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With an opportunity renewed, Quentin Grimes hopes foot problem is behind him


PHOENIX — It was frustrating for Quentin Grimes. The uncertainty of an unpredictable pain.

For all of training camp and much of this season, Grimes was dealing with a sore foot that would come and go like basement WiFi.

His big opportunity was delayed, and possibly squandered. In Tom Thibodeau’s rotation, there’s a fine line between starting and a DNP. Just ask Evan Fournier or Cam Reddish.

Still, Grimes kept his faith. And if it’s true the Knicks refused to include Grimes in a package for Donovan Mitchell, he had good reasons to believe the next chance was around the corner.

“I don’t think I ever thought I blew [my chance],” Grimes said. “I know who I am and what I can do. I know the way Thibs feels about me, and how the organization feels about me. I just had to wait for my opportunity, and it was gonna come. Our team in general somebody is going to get hurt, nicked up.”

With Cam Reddish out because of a sore groin, Grimes started Sunday’s 116-95 loss to the Suns and logged more minutes (32) than he had the rest of the season combined. It was largely a positive performance from the 22-year-old, even if the team result was dreary.

He scored 10 points with five rebounds and a career-high eight assists, drawing praise from Thibodeau before leaving the Phoenix arena, coincidentally named the Footprint Center, without any pain in his left foot.

“It feels good. Like nothing really. Feel like I can play on it right now,” Grimes said. “I think I’m pretty much back to 100 percent so I’ll be good for the next game.”

Grimes’ injury was frustrating but hardly devastating. He said the heel was inflamed around the fat pad and tests showed no structural damage. The only cure was rest to allow the inflammation to calm. It sounds like plantar fasciitis but Grimes has stated that diagnosis was ruled out.

Nonetheless, the pain reemerged at least twice following games — including after Grimes’ first start of the season on Nov. 4 in Philly — and Thibodeau put the shooting guard’s chance on ice. For the last two weeks before Sunday, Grimes was available but on the fringe of the rotation.

He found a silver lining in the benching because it allowed his foot to further heal.

“Like the trainer (Anthony Goenaga) said, ‘You can’t really tell when the pain is going to happen,’” Grimes said. “So you do as much treatment as you can, stay off it, stretch it as much as you can. But I felt like we hit a good point the last couple weeks of being able to maintain it.”

Grimes’ greatest asset to the Knicks is defense, which is at a premium on this roster. But he also flashed playmaking potential during an exceptional Summer League in July, which created a buzz about Grimes’ second NBA season.

The 25th overall pick out of Houston, who trains in the offseason with Penny Hardaway, was in line for heavy minutes.

Then the foot pain started.

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Source:: The Denver Post – Sports

      

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