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
Jimmy Butler (Knee) Sits Out T-Wolves Win Over Raptors
Jimmy Butler sat out Minnesota’s 115-109 victory Saturday night against Toronto with a sore right knee.
Butler is averaging 21.7 points per game for the revamped Timberwolves, who entered with the fourth-best record in the Western Conference. Minnesota had lost two straight before hosting the Raptors. Nemanja Bjelica started in Butler’s place.
Celtics’ Kyrie Irving Set to Return From Shoulder Injury
Boston Celtics All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving went through the team’s entire off-day practice Saturday and expects to return to game action Sunday against the Orlando Magic after missing one game due to a sore shoulder.
Irving sat out Thursday’s loss to the Philadelphia 76ers after undergoing tests on a shoulder that had been bothering him recently. An MRI revealed no structural damage, but Irving will continue getting treatment even as he returns to game action.
Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN
LeBron After Loss to OKC: We Can Get Bounced Early in Playoffs
Following one of the most inept defensive performances in Cavaliers history, LeBron James said his team looked primed for a short postseason appearance, barring any changes.
The Cavs fell 148-124 to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday, tying a franchise record for most points allowed in regulation. They are 3-9 since Christmas Day. “Playoffs? We can’t even start thinking about that, not the way we’re playing right now,” James said. “We could easily get bounced early in the playoffs if they started next weekend. Haven’t even began thinking about the postseason.”
Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN