Knicks center DeAndre Jordan (ankle) to be held out of practice for few days
The New York Knicks have had an abysmal season. It doesn’t help that they continue to be without one of their more productive players.
Center DeAndre Jordan has been battling an ankle injury as of late, missing Sunday night’s contest against the San Antonio Spurs altogether.
According to Knicks head coach David Fizdale, Jordan will be missing even more time.
Via Ian Begley of ESPN:
David Fizdale says DeAndre Jordan is likely to be held out of practice for the next few days. He says Frank Ntilikina won’t practice on Wednesday either so he’s unlikely to play Thursday against Cleveland. https://t.co/IiAzrQQdJN
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) February 26, 2019
Jordan is listed as doubtful for Tuesday night’s game against the Orlando Magic.
The 30-year-old has been very reliable for the Knicks. He has averaged 11.1 points, 13.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists while shooting 64.8%. Jordan was named an All-Star with the Los Angeles Clippers during the 2015-16 season.
In Jordan’s absence, 23-year-old Noah Vonleh will fill in at center. The big man has been a solid semi-regular for the Knicks this season, averaging 8.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists while shooting 45.1%.
Frank Ntilikina, New York’s promising young point guard, hasn’t played since January 27 with an ongoing groin injury. As Begley notes, Ntilikina will not play Tuesday and is unlikely to play Thursday.
At 12-48, the Knicks are dead last in the Eastern Conference. They are only one game better than the Phoenix Suns for the worst record in the NBA.
The team is home in New York to take on the visiting Orlando Magic on Tuesday night.
The game begins at 7:30 P.M. EST.