In a blowout win over the Miami Heat, the New York Knicks needed to do the heavy sledding without star forward Kristaps Porzingis.
Less than three minutes into the game, Porzingis went down underneath the defensive basket with what the team has termed a sprained right ankle. The MRI results came back negative, and Porzingis even said following the game that he was preparing himself to return, if necessary.
If there’s ever a good time for an injury, especially to a prominent player, this is it. Following their win over the Heat, the Knicks will not return to action until Sunday when they host the Orlando Magic.
The Knicks had struggled prior to their win over the Heat, dropping three straight games. Injury played a large role, as Porzingis missed a game with back spasms, while center Enes Kanter missed all three with the same injury.
Porzingis has elevated his game to levels beyond what many imagined when the organization selected him fourth overall in the 2015 NBA Draft. Through 19 games, Porzingis has posted 25.8 PPG and 6.8 RPG. His 2.1 blocks per game ranks him first overall in the league.
If the Knicks can make a playoff push later in the season, and Porzingis maintains his level of play, he will put himself in the MVP discussion alongside LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.
The Knicks have officially listed Porzingis as “day-to-day” going forward. Considering the dynamic forward landed in a heap and failed to return to the game, the Knicks catch a break that it was not more serious.
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