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.
Porzingis: "I'm ready to go."— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) November 4, 2015
Porzingis says he's good to play tonight— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) November 4, 2015
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.
Porzingis' neck still looks a little stiff during shootaround.— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) November 4, 2015
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.