Frank Ntilikina could be the difference between the New York Knicks winning or losing against the Boston Celtics.
The New York Knicks will have their toughest game of the season on Thursday night when they face off against the Boston Celtics.
The one match-up that I’m looking forward to watching the most is between Knicks’ rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina and Celtics star Kyrie Irving.
Now of course Ntilikina won’t get the start over Jarret Jack, but I’m interested in seeing how he fairs against Irving on the defensive end of the floor when he does enter the game. Especially with his long wingspan. The question is, can he shut down or fluster Irving?
With Knicks’ head coach Jeff Hornacek keeping Ntilikina on the floor during the fourth quarter of tight games lately, it shows us that he trusts him to get the job done on defense.
The Celtics are currently in first place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 26-8, but they’re coming off of a tough home loss to the Miami Heat on Wednesday night. So I would look for them to come out swinging against the Knicks.
Irving scored 33 points to go along with four rebounds and five assists against the Heat, but missed the game-winning shot.
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