Is Jalen Brunson playing tonight? Latest Knicks vs Celtics preseason update

Basketball is back! Well, the preseason, at least. The New York Knicks will be back in action after an extremely long 150 days since the 2022-23 season ended in Miami.

Summer League in July wasn’t as exciting for fans as last year, but at least the FIBA World Cup provided more entertainment. Jalen Brunson, Josh Hart, and Team USA didn’t get the desired result, but RJ Barrett and Canada made history by clinching their first Olympics berth since 2000.

With the offseason in the rearview mirror, what matters now is that NBA basketball has returned. The Knicks’ first preseason game will provide a look at what’s to come on October 25.

Is Jalen Brunson playing vs Celtics?

Jalen Brunson will start for New York. Tom Thibodeau said he’ll play the usual starters, but he implied that they’ll be on a minutes restriction.

Is Julius Randle playing vs Celtics?

Julius Randle is coming off an offseason where he underwent ankle surgery, but he’s fully recovered and ready to go in 2023-24. Like Brunson, Randle will start.

What other Knicks won’t be playing vs Celtics?

Ryan Arcidiacono and Josh Hart are out for New York.

Is Jayson Tatum playing vs Knicks?

Jayson Tatum played a team-high 27 minutes in Boston’s 114-106 preseason win over Philadelphia on Sunday. With it being the second half of a back-to-back, Tatum will be out.

Is Jaylen Brown playing vs Knicks?

Jaylen Brown played 26 minutes in the Celtics’ victory. Like Tatum, Brown will be out.

Is Kristaps Porzingis playing vs Knicks?

Kristaps Porzingis, who dealt with plantar fasciitis during the offseason, played 25 minutes in his first game in a Boston uniform. He won’t get his first taste of the Knicks/Celtics rivalry on Monday, as he’s listed as a healthy scratch along with Tatum and Brown.

Knicks’ upcoming preseason games and schedule

New York will play three more preseason games and go up against Boston one more time before the regular season begins.

  • October 14 vs. Minnesota
  • October 17 at Boston
  • October 18 vs. Washington