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Ron Baker leaves Knicks’ win with shoulder injury


Ron Baker was in the game less than a minute when his night suddenly was over.

The second-year guard, who already has been playing with a clear mask to protect a facial fracture, suffered a right-shoulder injury in the first quarter and didn't return to the Knicks' 111-95 win over Brooklyn on Tuesday at the Garden.

"They took an X-ray and he's going to get an MRI (on Wednesday). So he won't be going on the trip," Jeff Hornacek said, referring to Wednesday's game in Boston. "Hopefully it just maybe came out slightly or whatever, but we'll find out more tomorrow with the MRI. They didn't see anything on the X-ray."

Still, Hornacek added that Baker immediately told him and the training staff that he "felt something" following contact with Nets forward DeMarre Carroll late in the opening quarter.

"It looked like it had been dislocated, because he was kind of holding it down," Hornacek said. "But at the end of the game in the locker room they go around giving fives and he gave a five and I said, 'Wait which shoulder was it that you hurt?'

"And he goes 'the right one,' so I said, 'Well, don't give a five with that shoulder, give it with the other one.' So hopefully we get some good news tomorrow."


Baker's absence provided Hornacek with another opportunity to pair reserve point guards Trey Burke and Frank Ntilikina on the court at the same time.

Ron Baker was in the game less than a minute when his night suddenly was over.

(Julie Jacobson/AP)

Ntilikina, the eighth overall pick in last summer's draft, had played only nine minutes in Saturday's game in Phoenix. But he logged 25:54 against the Nets, combining with Burke for 10 points and nine assists.

"I thought Frank had some great stretches there when he was handling the ball," Hornacek said. "And then when the two of them were in there, Trey kind of handled it and did his thing, and Frank did a nice job of playing off the ball. When we see that, it gives us an opportunity to use him at the two spot… The big question is 'is he going to be able to guard guys running off screens? I thought he did a good job. It gives us an option."


Lance Thomas sprained his right thumb in practice on Monday, and he didn't score over 5:45 with a taped-up hand. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Caris LeVert were sidelined for the Nets with groin injuries.


The Knicks unveiled their alternate jerseys honoring the New York Fire Department, featuring an FDNY crest along with hydrant and ladder symbols.

"It's a big honor to be able to wear these jerseys and represent them on the court," said Kristaps Porzingis, who led the Knicks with 28 points. "What they've done for the city and everything, it's an honor for us."