Kristaps Porzingis was re-evaluated by Knicks doctors on Friday and is progressing as he attempts to return on Sunday from a right ankle sprain.
The MRI on Porzingis' injured right ankle revealed no structural damage, and Porzingis is day-to-day, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Despite the Knicks -- and all of Madison Square Garden -- expecting the worst, Porzingis' ankle is only sprained.
Miami's Justise Winslow stepped on Porzingis' planted foot as he attempted to retrieve a loose ball on Wednesday night. His ankle turned awkwardly as he fell to the floor, and the 22-year-old needed assistance getting off the court and into the locker room.
Although it looked a lot worse than the actual diagnosis, Porzingis was never worried that it was anything worse than a sprain.
"I knew it wasn't broken," Porzingis told NY Daily News' Stefan Bondy after the game. "I've had fractures and things like that before. I know what that feels like. I knew bones were fine. It was just like a tendon situation. A sprained ankle. I think it looked worse than it felt."
The Knicks announced during the game that X-rays were negative and despite initially saying he was available to return, later ruled him out. The fact that Porzingis wanted to go back in the game brought to life the nickname they gave him.
"They call me the lizard because I recover so quickly from things," Porzingis said.
Head coach Jeff Hornacek was hopeful that Porzingis will be able to play in the Knicks' next game on Sunday against the Magic.
"Hopefully it's nothing too big and I'm going to get treatment and hopefully the lizard will be ready for Sunday," Porzingis said.
Porzingis entered play averaging 27 points per game this season, the fourth-highest mark in the NBA.