GREENBURGH, N.Y. - Kristaps Porzingis and Aaron Judge are both outsized New York superstars.
At 7-foot-3, Porzingis actually has eight inches on the 6-7, 292-pound Judge, the largest position player in the history of Major League Baseball.
Both are young stars leading resurgent teams and New York fans hope both remain in the Big Apple for a long time to come.
Now with Porzingis going through a shooting slump across the last three games -- two of which were Knicks' losses -- he is drawing comparisons to Judge in that respect.
"Didn't Aaron Judge kind of go through this?" Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek asked rhetorically Sunday after practice. "So relax people, he'll be alright."
In his last three games heading into Monday's tilt with the Los Angeles Clippers, Porzingis is 18-for-53 (34 percent) and averaging 18.3 points. For the season he's shooting 48 percent and averaging 26.6 points.
Judge, of course, went through a late-summer swoon following competing in the Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game (.185 batting average in August) before a September resurgence. He ended up becoming the unanimous American League Rookie of the Year and finishing second to Houston's Jose Altuve in the MVP voting.
Along the way, Judge helped lead the Yankees to Game 7 of the American League Championship Series against the eventual world champion Astros.
So does all this mean, Porzingis can follow suit and lead the Knicks deep into the Eastern Conference playoffs?
"We hope," Hornacek said.
Hornacek added: "You're going to have ups and downs throughout the season no matter how great a player you are. There's going to be times. He's been battling with the elbow. Teams play him physical, but he handled that the first 12 games, so I don't think it's any big deal."
From Porzingis' perspective, he says his right elbow "is feeling much better, and I'm ready to go tomorrow."
Asked what was responsible for his shooting slump -- the elbow, how defenses are playing him or the looks he was getting -- Porzingis said, "I think last game also, I'm not in rhythm early on. Maybe I don't make exactly the right decision when I'm attacking, a little too stagnant and shooting over people and all those little things. So I've got to fix all the little details and look at my shots and not over-think about it."
Porzingis said his right elbow first swelled up at the U18 European Championships in 2013 and then last year he fell on it a few times several times and it swelled up.
Porzingis had a physical matchup with Charlotte's Dwight Howard on Nov. 7, although he did score 28 points and scored a big layup down the stretch. He missed the next game against Orlando Nov. 8 with ankle and elbow woes and then returned to score 34 against Sacramento Nov. 11.
As for his current shooting woes -- a la Judge's extended late-summer swoon -- he said: "The elbow's not bothering me at all, I don't want to blame it on the elbow."
Porzingis hasn't had an MRI or X-rays on the elbow, he said, but he may have to get treatment on it after the season.
"[They can] look at it from the inside and then we'll see what the doctors say about it," he said. "But right now I don't think it's anything serious."