Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis said he'll be ready to play in Sunday's Christmas matchup with the Celtics.
Porzingis hurt his right knee during Thursday's game with the Magic when he collided with Nikola Vucevic early in the fourth quarter. He did not return to the game.
"I feel pretty good," Porzingis said after practice on Friday. "At that moment I couldn't put any pressure on it. But as I kept walking, it got better and better. It was just a little inflammation in the tendon and the bone. It's already getting better."
Porzingis, who is averaging 19.9 points and 7.6 rebounds in just his second NBA season, said he despite an injury like this, he wants to play in every game of the season, if possible.
"I want to do it. I want to do it just to prove that I can do it, that my body can hold up," Porzingis said. "I'm really paying a lot of attention to all the recovery and making sure I'm ready for every game.
Christmas Day NBA games serve as a different form of prime time. The fact that the Knicks have returned to the day's packed and talented schedule is proof they made a splash with their offseason acquisitions.
There's no denying, however, that the continued rise of Kristaps Porzingis is an even bigger indication as to why things began to work out once the season actually got underway. He's having a terrific year and his versatile array of offensive talents makes him a very difficult player to guard. Brandon Jennings and Derrick Rose have both gelled very nicely with him. Carmelo Anthony deserves credit for taking some of the defensive pressure off Porzingis so that he can succeed. As fate would have it, Porzingis himself allows others the room necessary to score whenever he helps spread the floor.
With Porzingis representing the team's future, there's reason to be optimistic. There's hope in the air, which fits rather nicely this time of year. Perhaps he'll lead the way to victory on a very popular day amongst basketball fans. The Knicks have a respectable record and momentum in their favor heading into this one.