Knicks still unsure if Frank Ntilikina, DeAndre Jordan will make West Coast trip
The New York Knicks have had an awful 2018-19 season. They recently broke an 18-game losing streak and, as a whole, have not played good basketball. It hasn’t helped that they’ve been without two contributors – center DeAndre Jordan and point guard Frank Ntilikina.
Unfortunately for the team, they may have to go another week or more without the pair.
Via Ian Begley of ESPN:
David Fizdale says it’s not clear yet if Frank Ntilikina (groin) and DeAndre Jordan (ankle) will make the West Coast trip with the Knicks. He said the team may determine that later today. The Knicks are on the West Coast until late next week.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) February 28, 2019
Next week, New York heads to the West Coast for a three-game trip. They will face two Western Conference contenders in the Los Angeles Clippers and Sacramento Kings on Sunday and Monday, respectively.
They will then wrap up the trip with a game against the lowly Phoenix Suns – the only NBA team with a worse record than the Knicks – on Wednesday.
Jordan, 30, has been out since February 24 with an ankle injury. On the season, he is averaging 11.1 points, 13.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists. Since the Knicks acquired him in their Kristaps Porzingis blockbuster, Jordan had been one of the team’s most productive players. The 11-season veteran will hit free agency this offseason.
Ntilikina, on the other hand, is in only his second season. He hasn’t played since January 27 due to a groin injury. As a semi-regular for New York, he has averaged 5.9 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists. The team selected Ntilikina with the eighth pick of the 2017 draft.
At 13-48, the Knicks are last in the Eastern Conference and have the second-worst record in the NBA.
On Thursday night they will play the Cleveland Cavaliers at home at 7:30 P.M. EST.