Enes Kanter showed up for the Knicks game with the Hawks on Sunday on crutches. So naturally, he started. “If you’re going to make the playoffs, you’re going to make some sacrifices,” said Kanter, who was feeling the effects of getting kneed in the hip Saturday in Chicago — an injury that left him on crutches for two days. “I was in pain but [the doctors] just literally said, ‘Hey, if you want to play, we’re not going to say don’t play.’ “They just say, ‘OK, it’s your decision.’ ”
Storyline: Enes Kanter Injury
Scott Perry on Frank Ntilikina’s shooting slump: “I see a 19-year-old whose eyes are wide open. He’s a sponge. This is a young kid trying to figure out not only the NBA game but moving to a new country. There’s a lot of adjusting going on. He’s trying to master what I believe is the toughest position in the game. Fortunately, we have two veterans in the locker room in Jarrett Jack and Ramon Sessions — Jarrett being the more vocal guy. He’s got good mentors in his position. Defensively, he’s further ahead. I think it’s a good thing for a young player. My experience is trying to figure out with rookies: Who can they matchup up on the defensive end? That’s one of his strengths. Once he gets through the entire league, he’ll continue to become more aggressive on the offensive end and figure things out.”
Scott Perry on Jeff Hornacek’s performance: “I think Jeff is doing a very solid job for this team, getting an opportunity to add to the culture. He and I communicate on a daily basis. We have a strong relationship. I’m looking forward for him to continue to push these guys in the manner we want them pushed, continue to grow as a defensive team, grow our competitive edge.”