Knicks set to return Frank Ntilikina, Austin Rivers from injury while Reggie Bullock misses Trail Blazers game

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Austin Rivers walks off floor after Knicks beat Jazz
Austin Rivers walks off floor after Knicks beat Jazz

The Knicks look to build another win streak Sunday evening with a pair of reinforcements at guard. Ahead of a 10 p.m. tip-off at the Trail Blazers' Moda Center in Portland, Ore., New York announced that Frank Ntilikina (sprained right knee) and Austin Rivers (sore right Achilles) would be available.

Meanwhile, New York wing Reggie Bullock is out with a sore neck. Bullock struggled -- held scoreless on 0-for-3 shooting -- as New York snapped a three-game winning streak with Friday's 103-94 loss at the Sacramento Kings.

According to SNY's Ian Begley, Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau said before the game that Ntilikina would initially have a "situational" role as he builds his conditioning back up.

Ntilikina has not played since Dec. 29, a 95-86 win at the Cleveland Cavaliers. Rivers, meanwhile, logged 11 straight games after missing the first four games with a groin injury.

Since a Dec. 31 debut in New York's 100-83 loss at the Toronto Raptors, Rivers -- who sat out Thursday and Friday -- has averaged 8.7 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 25.6 minutes through 11 games (two starts).

Against the Blazers (8-6), Ntilikina returns after a 13-game absence. Through the Knicks' first four games, Ntilikina averaged 4.5 points, including a 5-of-9 clip from long range, in 10.5 minutes.