Storyline: Kristaps Porzingis Injury

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Kristaps Porzingis: First of all I want to thank you for all the love and support. Im attacking my rehab right away. I truly believe that with consistent hard work, patience and positive attitude I’ll come back stronger, better and sharper than ever. Much love ❤️🔶🔷🇱🇻

Pau Gasol: Wishing you lots of strength for a speedy recovery @Kporzee! I am sure you will come back stronger next season #NBAFamily 🙏🏼 Mucho ánimo y fuerza en tu recuperación Kristaps! Estoy seguro que volverás más fuerte y listo para la próxima temporada #NBA

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek had talked about resting Porzingis on this six-game trip against the Western Conference and cited the possibility of him sitting out one of the two games of the upcoming back-to-back in Denver and Phoenix. Hornacek added Porzingis will hopefully return for Denver. “KP twisted his knee on a blocked shot,’’ Hornacek said. “He was fine, finished practice, woke up was pretty stiff. I don’t know if it’s precaution. He’s got soreness in there. We still have a couple of games on this trip.”

He wouldn’t blame his troublesome right elbow or the different defenses he’s facing for his little dip recently. Porzingis said he needs to put in some extra work. “I got to fix all the little details,” Porzingis said. “Look at the film, look at my shots and not overthink about it. Sometimes there are good shots, but it’s just in and out. The elbow is not bothering me at all. I don’t want to blame it on the elbow. Get some rest and not overthink about those kinds of things.”

The NBA season is starting to take a familiar toll on Kristaps Porzingis. But this time, he’s not taking any chances. The Latvian sat out Wednesday’s game against the Magic with two small injuries – a sore ankle and elbow swelling that is more of a chronic issue. “You’re playing through pain a lot of times and you keep going and because this is hurting, the next thing starts to hurt,” Porzingis said. “Sometimes it’s smart when something’s hurting to maybe sit out one game and not later lose four games.”
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