The New York Knicks will be without their rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina in their home opener against the Detroit Pistons.The New York Knicks will be without Frank Ntilikina during their home opener on Saturday night. The rookie point guard was limited to one preseason game due to a knee injury.
Ian Begley of ESPN reports that Frank’s ankle is now the problem after the 19-year-old turned his ankle at practice. Newsday‘s Barabara Barker shared a photo via Twitter of Frank being helped off the practice court.
@FrankLikina looks like he badly turned left ankle. pic.twitter.com/Jm2nMxPxE7
— Barbara Barker (@meanbarb) October 20, 2017
Jeff Hornacek hopes that Ntilikina will be available for Tuesday’s game against the Celtics. Right now, it’s too early to tell.
Knicks fans still haven’t seen much of their top-ten pick. He only played in one preseason game and logged eight (mostly garbage time) minutes in the opener against Oklahoma City.
Per Begley, Jarrett Jack is now active for the game. The veteran point guard was inactive for the opener. Michael Beasley is also available after being knocked out of the opener with an ankle injury himself.
New York and Detroit tip-off at 8 p.m. ET on MSG.