Kristaps Porzingis (sprained right ankle) and Joakim Noah (hamstring) will not play Saturday night against the 76ers, head coach Jeff Hornacek said.
"There's a lot of swelling, but I can walk around no problem, and the swelling is going down, too, so it's getting better," Porzingis said of his injury. "No ligament damage, just a sprained ankle, swelling."
Hornacek added Porzingis could play Monday.
Porzingis' injured ankle was in a walking boot after the Knicks' loss to the Cavaliers on Thursday night.
Noah missed Thursday's game after injuring his hamstring prior to the All-Star Break.
Porzingis and the Knicks have to be relieved that his latest injury is not considered serious. Still, there's no doubt caution is necessary.
Porzingis experienced some hurdles when it came to his Achilles injury earlier this season. Things hadn't gone as astray just yet and the Knicks still had more legitimate hopes (along with the pressures) to compete. After missing three games to end 2016 and begin the new year, the young gun rushed to hit the hardwood again. He returned for four more and it wasn't the right move. New York's season had really begun to snowball at this point and it was clear Porzingis wasn't helping matters much. He certainly didn't look like himself. Realizing his return was too premature, Porzingis was sidelined for four additional games thereafter.
The drama didn't end there. Talk of a sophomore slump marred Porzingis' progression all throughout the month of January and early February. It wasn't until relatively recently that Porzingis has finally looked to have snapped out of his funk. It took him a while to find his footing and respective rhythm again. There's no denying that his initial injury wasn't handled properly and that slowed him down along the way.
The Knicks obviously have a chance at redemption this time around. It's an opportunity to play it safe, take it slowly and not take any chances. New York is still mathematically in the playoff hunt, but breaking into the postseason does not appear to be a pressing or necessary goal. Porzingis is vital to his team's future, which is exactly what they should be focusing on. There's no need to jeopardize his health at this point in the year, given what's gone on. It's better to rest Porzingis until there are no concerns.