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The Knicks cant get Frank Ntilikina off the bench

The Knicks cant get Frank Ntilikina off the bench
Published On: Tue, Oct 24
Dec 4, 2015; New York, NY,New York Knicks guard Jose Calderon (3) is defended by Brooklyn Nets guard Jarrett Jack (2) in the 2nd half at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks win 108-91. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports

The biggest problem for the Knicks regarding rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina simply has been getting him on the floor.

It wont happen Tuesday night in Boston, either.

Ntilikina, who missed summer league with a sore knee, all but one preseason game with a bruised knee then sat the second game of the regular season with a sprained ankle, will be out against the Celtics, coach Jeff Hornacek said Monday. Ntilikina was a virtual inactive at practice because of the ankle.

He did the shooting part of it but didnt do any live stuff, Hornacek said. I dont think hell be out there [Tuesday].

Ntilikina, the eighth pick in the draft, is a key component of the Knicks rebuild, targeted for point guard, a supremely important spot in the modern NBA. The Knicks could be reminded of that, perhaps painfully, in Boston by Kyrie Irving.

You have to look at the league and how a lot of teams are going smaller, Hornacek said. Its the penetration and getting the floor spread. When you have a point guard like Kyrie, who can do that, then the other guys are free to cut and move. Penetration is big in this league, whether you get it through a pass or a dribble, but a lot of these point guards in the league can break you down.

And cause havoc.

Its a total team defense that you have to have against these guys, Hornacek said.

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