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Kristaps Porzingis says he will play against the Cavaliers

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Knicks Rookie Kristaps Porzingis is ready to play two days after straining his neck during Monday's home loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

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Two days after straining his neck during during fourth quarter of Monday's home loss to the San Antonio Spurs, Kristaps Porzingis told reported earlier today that he can play tonight.

This may come as mildly surprising news considering the initial fallout of the injury. Porzingis had difficulty rising to his feet to leave the court after writhing in pain. He seemed to be alright during his post game interview however, and he obviously feels much better today, despite at least one reporter noting a difference.

He seems to be a headstrong young man, but necks are quite important in basketball, and the remaining 40% of life as well. It will be interesting to see what sort of individual game plan Derek Fisher will employ with Porzingis.