Allonzo Trier
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The New York Knicks are looking to knock off the Sacramento Kings, but they’ll be without Wayne Ellington and possibly Allonzo Trier.

Danny Small

The New York Knicks are trying to win back-to-back games for the first time this season in Sacramento on Friday. According to the NBA’s injury report, Wayne Ellington will miss the game with left Achilles soreness while Allonzo Trier is doubtful with concussion-like symptoms.

Neither shooting guard has factored heavily into the rotation lately but with some of the struggles of the backcourt in recent weeks, there may have been an opportunity as interim head coach Mike Miller firms up his rotations.

Ellington, 32, was signed with the hopes that he would be a consistent three-point shooter who could help space the floor. Thus far, he’s shooting 30.4% from beyond the arc which would be a career-low mark if it holds.

On the other hand, Trier, 23, has been effective offensively when given the opportunity. However, the second-year guard has struggled to secure a spot in the rotation after his impressive rookie season. This injury comes at a terrible time. With Frank Ntilikina and Dennis Smith Jr. struggling of late, there was a potential opportunity for Trier to reassert himself into the rotation.

Speaking of Smith, the third-year point guard missed the team’s game against the Golden State Warriors with an illness on Wednesday, but he is listed as probable for Friday night.

For the Kings, the only notable player who will be out just so happens to be their best player. De’Aaron Fox has not played since Nov. 8 as he recovers from an ankle injury. The Kings and Knicks will tip-off at 10 p.m. ET.

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