The Knicks will be without Kristaps Porzingis Wednesday night when they go for their third straight win against the Magic. The team had listed Porzingis as questionable due to a sprained left ankle and contused right elbow.
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With their star big man a bit banged up, the Knicks have opted to rest him in an effort to get him back to full strength. With Porzingis out, look for Doug McDermott to potentially move over to the power forward position and see an increased role, while guys like Lance Thomas or Michael Beasley could see more playing time as well. Porzingis will have another few days off for rest prior to Saturday’s tilt with the Kings. Mindaugas Kuzminskas will be active for the first time this season with Porzingis out.
Porzingis scored 28 points, including a go-ahead three-pointer late and a driving layup to give the Knicks a three-point lead, in the closing seconds of their 118-113 win over the Hornets on Tuesday night. The 22-year-old is averaging 30 points per game and has established the Knicks franchise record for most total points through 10 games.
The third-year power forward is off to the best start in Knicks history, with 300 points in the first 10 games. Porzingis won Eastern Conference Player of the Week last week after leading the Knicks to a 3-1 record.
The Knicks have won six of their last seven game after starting the season with three losses in a row.
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