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    Nyk Logo Frank Nitkinia has sprain knee

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    Ruh oh: Frank Ntilikina suffered a sprained knee, according to the Knicks, and is out tomorrow.
    Good news is itís not a bad sprain, and heís day-to-day.
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    Ruh oh: Frank Ntilikina suffered a sprained knee, according to the Knicks, and is out tomorrow.
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    First word on Frank Ntilikina is that his sprained right knee is a mild one. The Knicks guard will miss tomorrow's Raptors game but he is day-to-day. Thibodeau says he hurt his knee in the first quarter and will see how he does after a few days of treatment.

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    A shame, for his opportunity presented itself. No Frank or DSJ, IQ and Rivers are questionable. Letís hope this doesnít linger, but itís clear now that Frankís role is going to be a bench defensive 3&d type. Letís hope he can fill this role for us, bc that role is important for any title-contending rotation.

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    Get well soon frank!

    Rivers is playing solid in place of him

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    Quote Originally Posted by mafra View Post
    A shame, for his opportunity presented itself. No Frank or DSJ, IQ and Rivers are questionable. Let’s hope this doesn’t linger, but it’s clear now that Frank’s role is going to be a bench defensive 3&d type. Let’s hope he can fill this role for us, bc that role is important for any title-contending rotation.
    Frank showed repeatedly how effective his combo-guard skills are, Frank should've been put at the SG position the day after we traded Tim Hardaway Jr..
    All of RJ Barrett's SG minutes need to be giving to Frank.
    I believe we would see an improve back-court when we tandem Payton & Frank, or Rivers & Frank, or Quickley & Frank.

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    My prediction is he won't be a Knick after this season. He's been beset with minor injuries all four seasons that have made him miss games despite only playing less than 20 mins a game, no one is paying a guy 7M a season if he can't be on the court. Terrible PG as well and not a consistent enough 3 pt shooter yet to become a 3 and D guy and despite everyone praising him for his D he'll never be an all NBA defender.

    I just hope we can get something in trade for both him and DSJ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger0330 View Post
    My prediction is he won't be a Knick after this season. He's been beset with minor injuries all four seasons that have made him miss games despite only playing less than 20 mins a game, no one is paying a guy 7M a season if he can't be on the court. Terrible PG as well and not a consistent enough 3 pt shooter yet to become a 3 and D guy and despite everyone praising him for his D he'll never be an all NBA defender.

    I just hope we can get something in trade for both him and DSJ.
    Huh .. What was that? RJ Barrett had 21 consecutive misses from the 3 ball line !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiyaman View Post
    Huh .. What was that? RJ Barrett had 21 consecutive misses from the 3 ball line !!!
    RJ clearly the better player in his Knicks tenure than Frank in his almost 4 years despite 21 straight missed 3s.

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    Wsup Tiger .... You cant be hard on Frank for so many reasons, now DSJ has to be traded.
    Frank is in his 4th season as a Knicks, and endured 4 new head-coaches of the Knicks.
    Plus each season Frank been with the Knicks they had 8 or more guards on the roster under contract.
    And as a career Knicks fan for 50 yrs the so-call Knicks Injury-List has always been a fable.
    The Knicks better keep Frank like they did Charlie Ward to have success by having a defensive player to remind teammates to perform well on the DEFENSIVE-end of the court.

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    Hey Tiger,
    What position did RJ ever win. Was it PG that he only played 2 minute and was a disaster. Maybe it was him being moved to SG because PG didn't work out. So if he won the PG then how did he win the SG. But them Peyton move into the PG. So he beat out 3 vet and 2nd year player(Ellington, Bullock, Dotson and Trier) so explain this to me. Those that know BB... know this ain't happening!!

    Let me end with this all of the sportwriter that vote for the ROY or Rookie teams. RJ was at #8 or 9 in the ROY and he couldn't even make the 3rd team of the rookie teams. So where is our star that deserve to be playing 40 plus minutes a game and can't defend my dead grandmother?

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    Austin Rivers 4th qtr. explosion last night over the Utah Jazz has my vote to be one of the Knicks Finishers this season. The Payton & Rivers back-court in the 4th qtr. confuse the Jazz players when the Knicks two point-guards took complete control of the quarter.
    No offense to our players, but Payton Barrett and Randle had to be the worst trio of Finishers in the league last season.

    The majority of winning NBA teams in the past decade has had two PG leading their lineup for a winning season.
    Will Thibs over look the Rose & Frank dispute to give Frank decent playing-time minute to keep the Knicks winning at an above .500 level?
    Will Thibs put Rivers & Frank in a lineup together?
    Will Thibs keep giving inconsistent performance Barrett all the playing-time minute at SG throughout the season?
    Or will Thibs start using Frank's defensive-minded performance at the SG position having Rivers, Payton, or Quickley at the PG position.

    As a teenager, Austin Rivers watched his father Doc & Thibs build a championship team in Boston.
    Rivers b.ball experience & skills says he's a keeper for coach Thibs.
    Our previous three LOTTERY head-coaches never experiment at putting a 6.6 pass-first Frank at the SG position as a defensive combo-guard. Why? Why? Why?
    Was it management investment in FA?
    Tim Hardaway Jr. contract? Courtney Lee contract? Wayne Ellington contract?
    Plus making SG RJ Barrett the 3rd pick in the 2019 draft, then making Barrett a rookie starter in the NBA .. a Iso SG that had poor passing skills throughout rookie season. Sad!

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    Ntilikina has been sidelined for the past five games with the sprained right knee and is without a timeline for a return. Once he moves past the injury, Ntilikina will likely find himself outside of the rotation, as Alec Burks (ankle), Austin Rivers and Immanuel Quickley have seemingly emerged as Thibodeau's preferred backup options at either guard spot.
    Yeah! yeah! yeah! Frank FIRED the Knicks (shot-caller) president as his agent !!!

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