Kristaps Porzingis, who has missed three straight games due to a stiff Achilles tendon, is expected to return Friday night against the Bucks, head coach Jeff Hornacek told reporters.
The Knicks may consider a minutes restriction for Porzingis if he does return, Hornacek added.
The issue with Porzingis' Achilles may have to do with his 7' 3" frame, a medical expert recently told Marc Berman of the NY Post.
"For sure people who are of advanced height put more strain on the tendons, their height and length mechanically puts more stress,'' Dr. Anish R. Kadakia, associate professor of orthopedic surgery and fellowship director of Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Fellowship at Northwestern University, told The Post. "The Achilles is the most relevant because it has to support your whole body weight.''
Kadakia added the Knicks should ease Porzingis back in when he returns.
"That's the problem,'' Kadakia said, "leading the team in minutes played. That's really a lot for him at this point, the excess strain and the length of time he's playing. A couple of things can be done - decrease playing time and at the same time have a regimented physical therapy for the Achilles to make it stronger for the future, a regimented program to build up tolerance. He's not ready for it coming from a college or European schedule."