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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks didn't have enough players for a five-on-five practice so Frank Ntilikina didn't get to scrimmage again on Thursday. He is questionable for Friday's game against Denver. Ntilikina has been sidelined since late January with a groin injury.

Baxter Holmes ESPN Senior Writer 

LeBron James participated in half of practice today, but Lakers coach Luke Walton said he expects that James should play tomorrow vs. Brooklyn.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks great Willis Reed huddling with Steve Mills, Scott Perry and David Fizdale after practice today. Reed was on NYK's last title-winning team (1972-73).

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Frank Ntilikina hasn't played since late January due to a groin injury. He'll practice with the Knicks on Thursday and is likely to play on Friday against Denver. Ntilikina was asked Wednesday if it's important for him to show something to the Knicks in the final games of the season. “Um, it might be important for you but for me, just, I want to play basketball. I want to grow with this team, my guys, all that showing and stuff is for you guys and for the fans. Me, I hate being on the side, not playing.”

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Donovan Mitchell on Knicks' second-year guard Frank Ntilikina (3/3): "He's a talented player and once he starts to figure it out a little bit on offense they can be really good. He can pass the ball, he can defend, and that's my guy so I always have his back." Ntilikina is averaging 5.9 points on 34 percent shooting and 2.8 rebounds in 41 games. Mitchell and Ntilikina have a relationship dating back to pre-draft workouts in 2017.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Donovan Mitchell on Knicks' second-year guard Frank Ntilikina (2/3): “So when he gets a chance, and he's figured it out. He's a great defender. Like I said last year, he's one of the hardest guys I had to go against last year. He came in the second half of last game and shut me down when we played here.”