Knight hurt as Hawks loom

Perth Wildcats veteran Matt Knight is in doubt for Friday’s showdown with the Illawarra Hawks after picking up a cheekbone injury in his team’s season opening win over Brisbane Bullets on the weekend. 

Knight played just five minutes after copping a knock to his cheek following a lay-up in the Wildcats’ 96-86 triumph at a packed Perth Arena. 

"Matty made those two points and turned and got a knock straight to his cheek," Wildcats coach Trevor Gleeson said.

"The poor bugger just can't take a trick at the moment.

“We'll get it examined and see where it is. He played an extra couple of possessions but then we didn’t play him after half-time."

Gleeson dismissed any suggestion that Knight suffered a concussion in the incident.

Knight has had a torrid run with injuries in recent seasons and was in doubt for the club’s season opener due to a thumb problem. 

HURT: Perth Wildcats big man Matt Knight. Picture: AAP

HURT: Perth Wildcats big man Matt Knight. Picture: AAP