The New York Knicks are set to take on the Hornets on Tuesday in their final group game of the In-Season Tournament. New York has a shot to advance to the quarterfinals as either the winner of East Group B or as the wildcard team for the Eastern Conference.
The Knicks played the Hornets twice in October and beat them in both games. Charlotte won two straight games after losing to New York on Nov. 18 but lost on Sunday to Orlando, 130-117. LaMelo Ball left the game with a right ankle injury, the same ankle he had surgery on in March.
Ball is averaging a career-best 24.7 points and 8.2 assists per game. He's the team's leading scorer, but the Hornets could be without him on Tuesday.
Luckily, the Knicks aren't dealing with any injuries. A trip to the knockout round is on the line for New York, and not only is beating Charlotte imperative, but point differential is also critical. After a discouraging loss to the Suns on Sunday, the Knicks need to double down and refocus to secure a win over the Hornets.
LaMelo Ball's status for tonight's game vs. Knicks
LaMelo Ball (ankle) is listed as doubtful.
UPDATE: LaMelo Ball is out.
Mitchell Robinson's status for tonight's game vs. Hornets
Mitchell Robinson (back) isn't listed on New York's injury report.
Projected starting lineups tonight
New York: Jalen Brunson, Quentin Grimes, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, Mitchell Robinson
Charlotte: LaMelo Ball (if he plays), Terry Rozier, Gordon Hayward, Miles Bridges, Mark Williams
Knicks injury report
There are no players on New York's injury report.
Hornets injury report
LaMelo Ball (ankle) is doubtful. James Bouknight (knee) is probable. Cody Martin (knee) and Nick Richards (concussion) are out.
UPDATE: LaMelo Ball is out. James Bouknight is available.
New York's next five opponents
New York will play one more game at home before traveling to Toronto to take on the Raptors for the first time this season.
Nov. 30 vs. Detroit
Dec. 1 at Toronto
Dec. 4-9: In-Season Tournament quarterfinals, semifinals, championship
Dec. 6-8: Regular season games