Porzingis (back) has been ruled out for Wednesday's season finale against the 76ers, Steve Popper of The Record reports.
Porzingis will conclude his second NBA season with five consecutive absences, as the tanking Knicks continue to list him on the report with a sore back. With Carmelo Anthony, Lance Thomas, Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose all ruled out Wednesday, as well, the Knicks will likely give heavy minutes to the likes of Ron Baker, Justin Holiday, Courtney Lee, Willy Hernangomez and Maurice Ndour, as was the case Sunday against Toronto.
Porzingis (back) is doubtful for Wednesday's tilt against the 76ers, Ian Begley of ESPN reports.
With the Knicks eliminated from playoff contention, coach Jeff Hornacek likely doesn't want to risk his young star further aggravating his back in the final game of the season. Assuming he's played his last game of the year, Porzingis will finish his injury-shortened 66-game season averaging 18.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.0 blocks across 32.8 minutes per game while shooting 45.0 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from beyond the arc. If he's ultimately sidelined, expect Maurice Ndour, Lance Thomas (hip), Kyle O'Quinn and Willy Hernangomez to see additional run in the frontcourt.
Porzingis (back) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Raptors.
The Knicks have already acknowledged the fact that they could shut Porzingis down for the season, so the fact that he's being ruled out again isn't a major surprise with just a couple games left on the schedule. He'll continue to be evaluated on a game-to-game basis, but with Carmelo Anthony (rest) and Lance Thomas (hip) set to sit out as well, Maurice Ndour and Marshall Plumlee could get added minutes in the frontcourt rotation.
Porzingis (back) will not play Friday against the Grizzlies, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reports.
Porzingis was a late scratch Thursday versus the Wizards after experiencing some discomfort in his back prior to tipoff, and with the Knicks long out of playoff contention, there's next to no reason the Latvian should be risked by playing Friday. With Porzingis out, the Knicks could opt to start Marshall Plumlee alongside Willy Hernangomez again. Furthermore, after coach Jeff Hornacek acknowledged that Porzingis could be shut down for New York's remaining two tilts, it's entirely possible that fantasy owners won't have him available until next season.
Given the Knicks are playing the second game of a back-to-back set Friday, it's probably safe to rule Porzingis out for the team's game against the Grizzlies. With the Knicks eliminated from postseason contention, it may make sense for the team to err on the side of caution and keep the big man sidelined for their two contests next week. Marshall Plumlee entered the starting lineup in Porzingis' stead Thursday, but only received 11 minutes. It looks like Maurice Ndour and Kyle O'Quinn will instead be the main beneficiaries if Porzingis ends up missing further time.
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