NEW YORK -- Two days after allowing three Golden State Warriors to score 20-plus points in a 21-point loss, the Orlando Magic travel to New York on Sunday afternoon to face a Knicks team that could be missing its most dangerous weapon.
Kristaps Porzingis' status remains in doubt for the Knicks' tilt with the Magic, whose big loss to the Warriors followed one of their best wins of the season, a 121-108 victory against Oklahoma City that snapped a nine-game losing streak.
Porzingis sprained his right ankle less than three minutes into the Knicks' 115-86 home win versus the Miami Heat on Wednesday night, and he told reporters on Friday that swelling remained.
Porzingis was in good spirits after his injury following Wednesday's game and pledged to return quickly.
"They call me the lizard because I recover so quickly from things," he said with a smile. "So hopefully it's nothing too big and I'm going to get treatment, and hopefully the lizard will be ready for Sunday."
On Saturday, Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reported that the Knicks' top player and the NBA's fifth-leading scorer was also battling an illness.
"He's still young," Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek told reporters. "He is 7-foot-3 and there are going to be times he has bumps and bruises and stuff like that. It was kind of a pride thing back in the day to play all 82. They're spreading games out, eliminating four games in five nights. So barring any injuries there is no reason to rest anymore." >> Read more
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