Kristaps Porzingis isn't the only Knicks player with an ankle scare as rookie PG Frank Ntilikina twisted his bad ankle at practice Tuesday.
Ntilikina was on the sideline for Wednesday night's contest against the Heat, missing his third game this season. The right ankle he sprained in practice is the same one that he severely sprained in the season opener against the Thunder, which forced him to miss two games. Head coach Jeff Hornacek noted that considering how bad he twisted the ankle the first time, it definitely isn't fully healed yet.
But Ntilikina downplayed this sprain, saying it isn't close to what occurred at the beginning of the season, and he isn't blaming his recent slump on offense for it.
"I was fine before that," he told The Post's Marc Berman.
The 19-year-old has been plagued by injury since he's been drafted by the Knicks this past June. He dealt with a knee issue all through preseason, which kept him out of Summer League games and four out of five preseason matchups. And ever since the matchup with the Cavaliers at The Garden, he has been shooting 33 percent from the field.
The rookie isn't letting his injuries or struggles get to his head, though. He's going to continue working hard and staying confident.
"It's part of the process," Ntilikina said. "Just mentally. I've got to go out there more confident."
Ntilikina is currently averaging 4.7 points, 3.3 assists, 1.8 rebounds, and 1.4 steals in 19 minutes per game this season.