NBA Scoreboard

Auto Update: On

Now

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Frank Ntilikina will play on Friday against Denver. He has been out since late January with a groin injury.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Knox is shooting 37% on the season but has hit 47% of his shots, including 52% of his 3s, in the last 6 games. He's averaging 15.7 points in that span. David Fizdale: "Within a tough season you're just looking for him to have those moments of, where you go, ‘OK, I see it.' And (Monday, when Knox had 27 points in a loss), I really felt like he did some things that you go, ‘Ok, if he can just put this together consistently we've got something here.' And that's really what we're working for is getting him to a place where he's decisive, he's consistent and he knows who he is in this league."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

David Fizdale said Willis Reed, the leader on the Knicks last two title-winning teams (1970 and 1973), texts him encouragement. He also hears from Bernard King, a Knicks great who has helped mentor rookie Kevin Knox. "He really wants Kevin to do well. He's really been a good mentor to Kevin and just keeping him positive, keeping him focused on the right things, giving him good advice about playing that position," Fizdale said.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks Hall of Famer Willis Reed spoke to the team on Thursday at the practice facility. Here's David Fizdale on Reed's message to the team (2/2): "He said this league you got to go through it. Especially with a whole bunch of young guys you got to go through it. But he said if you stay with it and you work hard, eventually you can get to the place that we ultimately got to."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks Hall of Famer Willis Reed spike to the team on Thursday at the practice facility. Here's David Fizdale on Reed's message to the team (1/2): "The message was, ‘Hang in. He was like, "My first three years we were terrible. He said I had three coaches. He said it wasn't the coaches fault, which I like to hear,'" the coach added with a laugh.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Mitchell Robinson, 20, was casually shooting threes after Thursday's practice. When asked about it by a reporter afterward, Robinson said that he eventually plans to shoot threes in games. “I can shoot it a little bit. I'm continuing to work on it. I'll be out there shooting threes a little bit. Just continue to work.” Robinson, the Knicks' 2018 second-round pick, shot 137 threes in high school (about 25 percent of his attempts) in 2017-18, his last year of organized basketball, per Maxpreps.com.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Mitchell Robinson's rebounding rate – the percentage of available rebounds a player grabs while on the floor - has increased over the past 15 games. He and David Fizdale say DeAndre Jordan have helped him improve in that area (3/3): “I really give credit to DJ on that one,” Robinson said after Thursday's practice. “He always told me in the locker room we need a certain amount of rebounds together. Personally you can get at least like 14-plus. Just him helping me with that got me in my mindset to say OK, I'm gonna go get rebounds.” Before the All-Star break, Robinson's rebounding rate was 12.4. In the last 15 games, it's jumped to 17.3.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Mitchell Robinson's rebounding rate – the percentage of available rebounds a player grabs while on the floor - has increased over the past 15 games. He and David Fizdale say DeAndre Jordan have helped him improve in that area (2/3): “Bless his heart, (Knicks assistant) Pat Sullivan has been beating it in to Mitchell all year,” Fizdale said after Thursday's practice. “Whether it's been not fouling, or pursuing rebounds, running the floor. All things that Pat's really been hammering on him day in and day out with the film and the drill work. I just think that what we're seeing is 70 games of reps and going over and over again.”

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Mitchell Robinson's rebounding rate – the percentage of available rebounds a player grabs while on the floor - has increased over the past 15 games. He and David Fizdale say DeAndre Jordan and assistant coach Pat Sullivan have helped him improve in that area (1/3): “I think seeing DJ and DJ talking to him about positioning and stuff to get rebounds, how to go grab it with two hands (has helped),” Fizdale said after Thursday's practice. “Were still working on that idea of keeping it up high and tucked away so the guards can't strip him.”