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0-1, 3rd in Atlantic

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Newsday reporter Barbra Barker tweets that Knicks rookie Frank Ntilikina hurt his ankle at Knicks practice today. The severity is unknown but Ntilikina was helped off of the court by a coach and a teammate, per a photo from Barker. Ntilikina, the No. 8 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, missed four of five preseason games due to a knee bruise and missed the Knicks' summer league due to a knee injury suffered in the final game of his French League season.

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Knicks preserving Ntilikina's confidence? (1:18)
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Melo vindicated after OKC debut (2:13)

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's Thunder coach Billy Donovan, who coached Joakim Noah at the University of Florida, on Noah's frustration during his first season in New York: "Just in conversations I've had with him - he's a very very prideful guy and I think that based on him coming back to New York, growing up there, his love for New York, I think it really bothered him deeply that he didn't get himself healthy. I think he wanted to contribute a lot more, I think he wanted to help the team a lot more. I know being around him, when I was around him, he's all about winning. He's a total team guy. He's unselfish, he's a leader. But when you're in the position physically he was in last year, even talking to him after our game in New York, I know he was frustrated. He wasn't frustrated with the organization or his teammates or his coaches, he was frustrated with the fact that he couldn't help his team. And I think that really bothered him. And I know with the suspension right now, he's put a lot of work in this summer to get himself healthy and try to contribute to the best of his ability."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Mindaugas Kuzminskas on what he gained from playing for Lithuania this summer in the European Championships: "I think this summer gave me a lot of self confidence because I was playing against players from the league (and) I think I did pretty well, we did pretty well so that gave me extra self confidence to go through the season," he said last week. Kuzminskas, who averaged 15 points and four rebounds in the Euros (re FIBA.com), isn't worried about possibly starting the season out of the regular rotation. He was inactive for the Knicks opener. "I think the season is long and we'll have a lot of things (that happen) during the season. What I learned from the first season is that you've got to be patient and just do your job. Your playing five minutes, your playing 7, your playing 30, you can always bring some benefits." Kuzminskas wasn't always a part of the rotation last year but produced well in stretches when he played.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony on his 'walk through hell' tweet: "I mean, it wasn't no subliminals. I don't take subliminals. It was just how I felt, kind of past couple months, past year, past two years. I felt like it was a lot. So if I had the opportunity for people that watch me go through that, to watch the other side of that."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Willy Hernangomez said Jeff Hornacek talked to him at shootaround about improving on the defensive end, which seems to be the reason that Hornacek kept the second-year big man out of the rotation. Hernangomez acknowledged that he needs to improve on defense and said he wasn't concerned about being out of the rotation in the Knicks' opener. "I have to wait for my moment, my chance to be on the court…. When the team needs me, I'll be there. So I just have to keep working and waiting for my moment. Just like last year: first couple of moments I didn't play a lot, but I think this year is way different. So I have to keep working." Hornacek said Enes Kanter and Kyle O'Quinn earned spots in the rotation in preseason but nothing is set in stone at the moment.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony said the "hell" reference in the tweet before the game was about the last two years with the Knicks.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony: "That chapter's closed. That chapter's closed. No more Knicks talk. We can just focus on the Thunder moving forward."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony said it felt good to see Kristaps Porzingis looks as comfortable as he did tonight. Said he looks ready to be the No. 1 option.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Michael Beasley was in a walking boot in the locker room. He said his left ankle injury was painful but there were no structural issues. Beasley landed on Russell Westbrook's foot in his first two minutes on the court.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks are expected to sign North Carolina forward Isaiah Hicks to a two-way contract by the end of the week, per league sources. The club left its second 2-way spot open after training camp with the hopes of finding a quality free agent. They have now filled both 2-way spots and have a full roster. Hicks was in training camp with Charlotte. The agreement was first reported by The Vertical.

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Big 3 shine as Thunder take down the Knicks (2:55)

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

On Willy Hernangomez being out of the rotation, Jeff Hornacek basically said Enes Kanter and Kyle O'Quinn earned their minutes based on the preseason but that nothing is set in stone at this point.

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Westbrook gets first triple-double (0:18)

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

I'm guessing this Knicks fan is leaving OKC with mixed emotions:

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks fall to Oklahoma City, 105-84. Kristaps Porzingis (31 points on 11-for-25 shooting) was a lone bright spot. Carmelo Anthony started slowly but finished with 22 points on 20 shots in his OKC debut. He seemed to have a good time beating up his old team.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek has inserted Willy Hernangomez, Damyean Dotson and Frank Ntilikina into the game in garbage time. It wouldn't be a surprise if all three were in the regular rotation once the Knicks fall out of contention.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Willy Hernangomez checks in with 3:40 to play and the Knicks down 21. Frank Ntilikina will probably check back in shortly. Need to get him on the floor in garbage time here.

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Westbrook gets fouled on the scoop-and-score (0:17)

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks management said that Willy Hernangomez was a part of the team's young core. Assuming he's healthy, it's a bit jarring to see him get a DNP tonight.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks trail by 20 entering the fourth and the scary thing for Knicks fans is, turnovers aside, it's hard to see how this isn't the norm for this team.

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Westbrook sets up back-to-back alley-oops (0:37)

Team Stats

Points Per Game84.030th
Rebounds Per Game41.0Tied-23rd
Assists Per Game19.0Tied-27th
Points Allowed105.0Tied-14th

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2017-1801.000
2016-173151.378
2015-163250.390
2014-151765.207
2013-143745.451

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