Ntilikina contributed seven points (2-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-4 FT), three rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal across 30 minutes in Thursday's 120-113 victory over the Magic.
Even though he played 30 minutes Thursday, Ntilikina only had seven points to show for his outing. He was severely outplayed by Trey Burke, who also came off the bench and logged 30 minutes, but dropped 26 points, not to mention more rebounds and assists. Coach Jeff Hornacek wants to evaluate his point guards, so Thursday marks just the beginning of what should be plenty of minutes for Ntilikina.
Ntikilina, according to coach Jeff Hornacek, will get more minutes for the rest of the season, Ian Begley of ESPN.com reports.
With Kristaps Porzingis (knee) out for the season and losses piling up, coach Jeff Hornacek will opt to deploy his younger players for more minutes. Ntilikina has seen his role fluctuate heavily throughout the season, though it appears he'll have some more consistency moving forward. That said, he hasn't been a showstopper in the time he's been given, averaging 5.2 points, 3.2 assists and 2.0 rebounds across 20.1 minutes while shooting 35.3 percent from the field. His main value as a fantasy commodity will likely be as a defender, as he averages 1.7 steals when seeing at least 24 minutes.
Ntilikina managed two points (1-3 FG) and two assists in 10 minutes during Tuesday's 103-89 loss to the Bucks.
Ntilikina played through knee and quad issues he sustained during Sunday's loss to the Hawks. However, he was not that effective, and he played sparingly while Jarrett Jack and Trey Burke ate up most of the minutes at point guard. With Kristaps Porzingis suffering a torn ACL, one would think that the Knicks will prioritize the development and health of Ntilikina going forward this season. Nevertheless, the rookie would probably still be pretty inconsistent even if he's afforded a more demanding role in the rotation.
Ntilikina (knee, quad) will play in Tuesday's game against the Bucks, Ian Begley of ESPN reports.
Ntilikina played just seven minutes Sunday before being forced from the game with both a knee and quad issue. However, it's clearly nothing overly serious, as Ntilikina won't miss any time and will take the court for Tuesday's contest as usual. In three games prior to Sunday's exit, Ntilikina averaged 7.3 points, 1.0 rebound and 4.3 assists across 21.7 minutes, so he wasn't necessarily providing much in terms of fantasy production.
Ntilikina (knee) is considered questionable for Tuesday's game against the Bucks, Rod Beard of the Detroit News reports.
Ntilikina exited Sunday's loss tot he Hawks with a sore right knee, and while he was deemed available to return, the team ultimately held him out as a precaution. Ntilikina did not go through practice Monday, and the team will evaluate him at shootaround in the morning before issuing a more concrete update.
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