Knicks level guard Frank Ntilikina missed the second half of Sunday’s 99-96 dwelling loss to the Hawks due to proper knee soreness.
The rookie stated he is been feeling the ache in his knee for a couple of month, and on Sunday, the soreness was “just a little extra” than common.
“It is robust. My knee’s sore,” Ntilikina stated. “It is robust to not be on the market to assist my teammates on this sport. I’ve obtained to be sensible, get well rather a lot and hope I’ll get again for the following sport.”
When requested if he thinks he must take a sport off to relaxation the knee, Ntilikina replied, “I do not need to.” The Knicks face the Bucks for the second time in 5 days Tuesday night time on the Backyard.
Ntilikina doesn’t count on to wish an MRI. He stated the soreness has developed “over time” and believes it may very well be associated to overuse.
“Working rather a lot,” Ntilikina stated. “I may need pushed possibly an excessive amount of. I’ve to be sensible with it and simply deal with it.”
The 19-year-old has handled proper knee issues at numerous instances for the reason that Knicks drafted him with the No. eight total choose within the 2017 draft. In June, Ntilikina sat out Summer season League video games due to proper knee soreness. He was additionally restricted to only one preseason sport due to a proper knee contusion.
In Ntilikina’s absence Sunday, latest G League call-up Trey Burke helped spur the Knicks offensively with 14 factors in 16 minutes off the bench. Burke, who didn’t play Friday towards Milwaukee in a coach’s choice, shot 6 of 10 from the sphere, together with 1 of two from downtown.
“He obtained going early with some soar pictures,” Jeff Hornacek stated of Burke. “He is obtained that capability once they again off to only pull up. I assumed his protection was fairly good. …He stepped up there. We thought he performed rather well within the third quarter and the start of the fourth so we gave him just a little break and obtained him again in.”