Remember Kristaps Porzingis? The light of our lives? The fire of our loins? New York’s favorite unicorn is sitting out his fourth straight game Wednesday night due to a bum Achilles. I didn’t know unicorns had Achilles tendons, but then again I’m not a unicorn vet.
In more disturbing news, Kristaps will go for an MRI Thursday. Per Stefan Bondy:
Porzingis isn't too concerned about the "pinch" in his Achilles, which he said occurs when attempting to push off his left foot. But in the spirit of caution regarding a sensitive area - and with the threat that soreness might lead to a tear -- Porzingis is no longer predicting his return date.
He characterized his recovery at "90 percent."
Young ‘Staps was all ready to go prior to New York’s Monday afternoon game against the Hawks, but tweaked the Achilles during warmups.
"That made me realize that I'm not ready yet. So it's just really about how much I do explosive stuff," Porzingis said. "If I take it step by step it's fine and I don't get any pinch or anything. If I try to go to 70 percent to 90, not to 75 or 80, I get a little something. Now I'm being smarter."
Kristaps is joined on the Knicks’ injury list by starting center Joakim Noah, who recently sprained his ankle. Noah will also have an MRI Thursday. Hopefully the team gets a 2-for-1 MRI discount.
Kyle O’Quinn and Mindaugas Kuzminskas started in their place Wednesday.