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Kristaps Porzingis: ‘I believe’ I Can Be Best in NBA

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Less than a week after Enes Kanter lobbied for Kristaps Porzingis to be in the MVP conversation, ex-Knicks center Tyson Chandler said Friday he believes the 7-foot-3 Latvian has a chance to be the game’s best player.

The compliments are pouring in for Porzingis after he’s weaved the best scoring start to a season in Knicks’ history. Never the modest type, Porzingis doesn’t disagree with Chandler, but he does disagree with those who think a lottery berth is the better result this season.

Chandler made his remarks after the Knicks (4-4) routed the Suns at the Garden.

“Those are some big words coming from him,’’ Porzingis said after practice Saturday. “I believe so, too. And that’s something I’m going to work towards.”

Porzingis sat out the practice with a sore left ankle but is expected to suit up Sunday when he brings his unicorn act to face the Pacers. Porzingis is averaging 29.0 points – tied for third in the NBA. He has scored 30 or more points in six of the Knicks’ first eight games and is the main reason they are overachieving as a .500 club.

Source: Marc Berman of the New York Post

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76ers’ Joel Embiid Listed as Doubtful for Game 3 in Miami

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All-Star center Joel Embiid is doubtful for Game 3 of the Philadelphia 76ers’ first-round series against the Heat on Thursday.

The series is tied 1-1, and Embiid has missed both games.

Source: Ian Begley of ESPN

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Cavs’ Love Suffers Torn Ligament in Thumb, Will Play in Game 3

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love suffered a partially torn ligament in his left thumb in Wednesday night’s Game 2 against the Indiana Pacers, sources told ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.

Despite the injury, head coach Tyronn Lue said Love will be “ready to go” in Game 3 on Friday in Indianapolis. X-rays taken after the game came back negative. The Cavs won 100-97 to tie the Eastern Conference first-round series at 1-1.

Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN

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Knicks to Interview Kenny Smith for Head-Coaching Job

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TNT analyst Kenny Smith will interview for the New York Knicks’ head-coaching job on Friday, a source told ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith.

Smith, who played from 1987 to 1997 with six NBA teams, has never coached in the NBA.

Source: ESPN

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