New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, one of the league’s most unique players, exited a win over the Brooklyn Nets with knee soreness.
After Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson curled around him for a layup, Porzingis asked out of the game and quickly went to the Knicks locker room. He did not return.
According to ESPN, Porzingis first felt discomfort in the first quarter before finally leaving a little more than two minutes into the third quarter. “"I felt my knee buckle a little bit and I felt a little pain there. So it's more about being cautious," Porzingis told reporters following the game.
The Knicks enter a dangerous portion of their season, as they’re already without Tim Hardaway Jr., who continues to rehabilitate from a stress injury in his left leg. That leaves the Knicks without their top two players.
The Knicks, however, have not released a timeline for Porzingis’ injury. He missed time during the preseason with knee soreness and missed regular season games due to an ankle injury. While Porzingis said that he wanted to be cautious, the Knicks and fans hope he will be able to return for Saturday night’s matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The game will mark the return of Carmelo Anthony to Madison Square Garden. He was traded in the offseason for a package that included Enes Kanter and Doug McDermott. The Knicks are currently 15-13 on the season, which would slot them into eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
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