Porzingis (Achilles), who's already been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Celtics, is slated to have an MRI performed on Thursday, Steve Popper of The Record reports.
Porzingis is missing a fourth straight game Wednesday, as he continues to deal with some lingering discomfort in his Achilles. In order to rule out a more serious issue at hand, the Knicks will send Porzingis in to team doctors for additional testing, as he's slated to undergo an MRI on Thursday. The results of that exam should give us a better indication of how long we can expect Porzingis to remain sidelined, but in his absence, Carmelo Anthony and Mindaugas Kuzminskas will likely pick up the majority of the minutes at power forward.
Porzingis (Achilles) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Celtics, Marc Berman of the New York Post reports.
The Knicks' official injury report continues to list Porzingis as questionable, and even though he took part in the team's morning shootaround, it seems that he's still fighting soreness in his left Achilles. The team could be quite shorthanded in the frontcourt Wednesday, as Joakim Noah (ankle) missed shootaround and could be at risk of missing the game as well. Look for Carmelo Anthony and Mindaugas Kuzminskas to log most of the minutes at power forward, while Kyle O'Quinn and Willy Hernangomez would split duties at center if Noah is held out. The Knicks will finish off their back-to-back set Thursday against the Wizards, and it's conceivable Porzingis could return for that contest.
Porzingis (Achilles) could return to the lineup Wednesday against the Celtics, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reports.
Porzingis was hopeful to play in the Knicks' 108-107 loss to the Hawks on Monday, but after testing out his sore left Achilles the morning of the game, it was determined that he'd need to sit out a third straight contest. The team hasn't provided a formal update on Porzingis' condition heading into Wednesday, but more information on that front should come after the Knicks' morning shootaround. In addition to a potential return to the lineup, Porzingis could also be awaiting a position change, as coach Jeff Hornacek indicated prior to Monday's game that he wanted to start Porzingis at center rather than power forward. If Hornacek's plan still holds once Porzingis is cleared to play again, he would push Joakim Noah to a reduced role off the bench.
Porzingis (Achilles) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Hawks, Al Iannazzone of Newsday reports.
Coach Jeff Hornacek said prior to Sunday's loss to the Raptors that Porzingis was doubtful to play in the second half of the back-to-back set, but the second-year big man apparently made more progress from his sore Achilles than expected and was upgraded to a game-time decision for Monday. However, after attempting to test things out about an hour before the game, it was determined that Porzingis would need another day off to recover. It seems promising that Porzingis may be able to return later this week, but the team will be a little shorthanded at forward Monday with both Porzingis and Lance Thomas (orbital) ruled out. Mindauskas Kuzminskas, Willy Hernangomez and Kyle O'Quinn should be the main beneficiaries of those absences.
Coach Jeff Hornacek said that Porzingis (Achilles) won't play Sunday against the Raptors and is considered doubtful to play Monday against the Hawks, Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reports.
Porzingis was never considered a good bet to suit up Sunday after he experienced renewed soreness in his left Achilles earlier in the week, which resulted in the Knicks holding him out of Thursday's win over the Bulls. Though Porzingis has stated that he hopes to be available for the second half of the back-to-back set Monday, Hornacek's comments on the matter hold more weight, and it's not expected they'll take any chances with the budding young superstar while he remains less than 100 percent healthy. With the news that Porzingis will likely miss two more games, Lance Thomas figures to enjoy some more run in a starting role, while Mindaugas Kuzminskas will also be the beneficiaries of increased minutes coming off the bench.
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