4 Facts to Know for Knicks-Nets

The Knicks look for their first win of the season as the rival Nets visit The Garden.

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1 Defense Optional

The Nets have allowed league-high 119.2 points per game while the Knicks are giving up 108.7 per game. Get ready for a fast-paced, high-scoring matchup.

2 Thriving in New Role

Now the unquestioned leader of the squad, Kristaps Porzingis has stepped up his game. He’s averaging 25.3 points per game, up from the 18.1 he averaged last season.

3 Help On The Way

Out with an ankle injury, Frank Ntilikina expects to be back on the court with the Knicks in the next couple of days.

Coach Jeff Hornacek expects Frank Ntilikina to play tonight. The rookie point guard played eight minutes in the season-opener, but suffered a sprained ankle in practice and hasn’t played since. The Garden faithful is eager to see the No. 8 pick for the first time.

4 Training Room

While the Knicks appear to have their young guard back, it remains to be seen if the Nets will have theirs. D’Angelo Russell did not play Wednesday and is listed as questionable. Already playing without Jeremy Lin, who ruptured his patella tendon in the opener, expect to see a backcourt of Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert if Russell sits.