Ntilikina (groin) will not play during Friday's summer league loser's bracket finale against the Pelicans, Marc Berman of the New York Post reports.
Ntilikina's summer league will come to an end with him on the sidelines Friday. The second-year guard appeared in two games, totaling 22 points, 11 assists, four rebounds, three steals and a block in 57 minutes.
Ntilikina (groin) will remain out for Thursday's summer league game against the Celtics, Marc Berman of the New York Post reports.
Ntilikina injured his groin earlier in the week and also missed Tuesday's contest, so this will mark a second straight absence for the Knicks' point guard. However, the staff could just be taking a cautious approach with his health in an exhibition setting, so at this point, there aren't any concerns that this is an injury that could linger into training camp. As it currently stands, Ntilikina seems unlikely to play again this summer.
Ntilikina is dealing with a groin injury and has been ruled out for Tuesday's summer league matchup against the Lakers, Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic reports.
It's unclear when Ntilikina picked up the injury, though the Knicks aren't going to risk his health further in what is essentially a meaningless exhibition game. With just a few outings left on the summer league schedule, there's certainly a chance the Knicks opt to shut Ntilikina down entirely, so that will be something to monitor over the coming few days.
Ntilikina turned in 17 points (7-14 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six assists, one rebound and one steal across 26 minutes during the Knicks' 90-85 loss to the Jazz in a Las Vegas Summer League contest Sunday.
The 2017 first-round pick struggled with his shot throughout his rookie season, posting an unsightly 36.4 percent success rate over 78 games. His struggles had continued in the Knicks' Vegas Summer League opener Saturday, with Ntilikina going just 2-for-7 from the field over 30 minutes. That made Sunday's effort a welcome departure from the norm, as the young guard was able to put both his scoring and facilitating skills on display. Ntilikina will look to continue his productive ways for his remaining time in Vegas ahead of what should be a pivotal season for him.
Ntilikina mustered 5.9 points, 3.2 assists and 2.3 rebounds across 78 games during his rookie campaign for New York in 2017-18.
Ntilikina was mainly used off the bench during his rookie year, however, he did dropped a career high 17 points against Cleveland on April 9 in a start. The France native should try to increase his shooting and field goal percentage come next season as they were sitting at a poor 36.4 and 31.8 percent respectively. Ntilikina is under contract next season where he will make a little over $4 million.
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