Knicks, Austin Rivers case officially explodes

Guard Austin Rivers has now become a case in the Knicks.

Even with their top two point guards, Derrick Rose (COVID-19 protocols) and Elfrid Payton (hamstring), missing Tuesday’s 119-93 defeat to Spurs, Rivers was not put back into the rotation and didn’t play.

The Post reported Rivers was not on the bench for Saturday’s game after hinting that he might be swapped soon, and the Knicks said he was in the locker room getting his ankle treated. Thibodeau could have used his seasoned veteran on Tuesday, but only used a nine-man rotation for the second straight game.

With Rose out, Frank Ntilikina kicked off and Thibodeau put Kevin Knox back into the mix as a small forward. He also had Alec Burks as a shooting guard with some ball handling duties.