On Monday, Enes Kanter got 18 stitches in his lip. Instead of sitting out or allowing the ailment to drag his play down, he's taken his play another level-- yet another way he's endeared himself to the Madison Square Garden faithful.
In three games with stitches, Kanter is averaging 18 points and 18.3 rebounds per game on 70 percent shooting. Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek called his center a warrior.
"You know at some point in the game he's getting hit in the mouth,'' Hornacek said, via Marc Berman of NY Post. "You look at his lips, he's a warrior out there, plays as hard as he can. He cleans up the misses. You can't say enough good things about his effort because you know he's not feeling great with stitches in his mouth. He wants to get out there."
Kanter is riding the wave as well, confident in his own abilities to gobble up any rebound.
"I'm giving the team so much confidence - I'm telling them whenever you shoot the ball, shoot it with confidence because I'm down there and I'll go get the rebound,'' Kanter said.
Despite Kanter's great play, the Knicks are 1-2 over that stretch, beating the Nets and losing to the Celtics and Bucks. Kanter, his stitches and the Knicks are next in action on Sunday against the Hawks at noon.