With Joakim Noah set to miss his eighth straight game on Monday, Knicks rookie C Willy Hernangomez will likely get another start.
Hernangomez has performed well as of late, starting the last four games and averaging 10.5 points and 9.5 rebounds on 58.6 percent shooting in 27.9 minutes. However the 22-year old is still getting accustomed to playing in the NBA.
"Sometimes, I think too much," Hernangomez said to Fred Kerber of the New York Post. "So I need to let my body just play. Let my mind play. I think too much, like if I miss a shot."
On the season, the rookie center is averaging 6.7 points and 6.1 rebounds on 54.2 percent shooting in only 16.1 minutes per game. But with Noah's recent injury keeping him sidelined, Hernangomez has been receiving more playing time, which has led the young big man to turn to Carmelo Anthony for advice.
"Melo told me, 'Just shoot. If you miss, you miss, if you make you make. But that's basketball.' So some days in the beginning I feel pressure if I miss or make a mistake. But I have to still just play basketball and enjoy it," said Hernangomez.
Not only has Hernangomez's recent play resulted in an increase in minutes, but it has also led to a boost of confidence for the rookie center.
"I'm way different now than from the start of the season. I got the confidence in myself, I can do way more things," said Hernangomez. "I'm still working on everything and improving every day on different things. I can feel the confidence."
Noah has missed 13 games this season, and has not appeared since Feb. 4 against Cleveland. Hernangomez will likely continue to start in his absence.