Ntilikina (groin) has been ruled out for the remainder of the season, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reports.
Ntilikina's attempt to come back before season's end turned out to be a failure, as after tweaking his groin in Sunday's game against the Clippers, the Knicks have elected to shut down the young point guard to avoid worsening the injury. Ntilikina appeared in just 43 games for the Knicks in second NBA season, and with the team's acquisition of Dennis Smith, his future with the team is murky heading into the offseason.
Ntilikina (groin) is listed as out for Thursday's game against the Raptors.
No surprise here after Ntilikina appeared to aggravate his groin injury Sunday against the Clippers. The same issue previously shelved him for nearly two months, so the Knicks won't take any chances and will keep him out Thursday night.
Ntilikina (groin) did not take part in Tuesday's practice, Marc Berman of the New York Post reports.
Ntilikina tweaked his troublesome groin during Sunday's game against the Clippers, and while he appears to have avoided a major setback, it's still very much unclear if he'll be available for Friday's game against the Raptors.
Ntilikina departed Sunday's game against the Clippers with a groin injury and is not expected to return, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reports.
While the Knicks are yet to provide details, this is clearly not a good sign for Ntilikina, who had missed nearly two months with a groin injury before making his return Friday against Denver. The second-year guard should be considered day-to-day until further notice. Prior to exiting, Ntilikina tallied one rebound and two turnovers in seven minutes of action.
Ntilikina produced five points (1-6 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five assists, and four rebounds in 25 minutes during Friday's 111-93 loss to the Nuggets.
Ntilikina returned to the lineup following a two-month absence with a groin strain. While he struggled with his shot, the 20-year-old sophomore took care of possession (zero turnovers) and earned a decent load of playing time in this his first game back. With Knicks coach David Fizdale focused on funneling minutes toward the younger players on the roster, Ntilikina seems likely to see consistent burn across the final nine games of 2018-19.
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