When the Knicks announced that Kristaps Porzingis wouldn’t return because of a sore right foot during Monday afternoon’s win over the 76ers, fans must’ve panicked. Even when the Zinger returned to the floor for the final offensive play of regulation only to fade into the bench after that, they must’ve been nervous.
Porzingis was a clear decoy on that final play, one which would see Carmelo Anthony hit a game-tying three with only seconds remaining on the game clock. He didn’t have to do anything. Still, if he absolutely had to, he says he would’ve been just dandy.
Porzingis reported afterwards that he did not have his foot X-rayed and was confident that he would be available for Wednesday’s home game against the Utah Jazz.
“There is one spot that bothers me, but I am fine,” he said. “I expect to be back Wednesday. I am young and I recover quick.”
When you see a big man with a foot injury, your heart should skip a beat, especially when it’s someone as valuable as Porzingis. Foot injuries have derailed the careers of far too many promising 7-plus footers over the years. The last thing anyone wants is for Porzingis to add to that list. That said, the previous three sentences may be drama heightened to the ceiling.
The big news: Porzingis said he was confident he’d be ready for Wednesday’s game. Of course, players are often overconfident about their injury recoveries. They’re doctors as much as you and I (unless you’re actually a doctor; then that line doesn’t work). But at the very least, it’s encouraging to know the pain isn’t bad enough to wreck his spirits.