The scorching hot ride of Kristaps Porzingis cooled down Wednesday night in Orlando when the 7-foot-3 unicorn sat out the second night of a back-to-back with right elbow bursitis and a sprained left ankle.
Porzingis said before the Knicks’ 112-99 loss to the Magic that he may need a procedure on the ongoing elbow situation after the season. He’s had bursitis for years – an inflammation of the elbow. He said he may have it drained or another sort of minor surgical procedure.
Porzingis said his elbow flared up after falling during one of his wrestling matches with Charlotte center Dwight Howard in a comeback win Tuesday. He said he injured the ankle on the last driving, finger-roll bucket that sealed the victory over the Hornets at the Garden.
“When I hit it again it just swells up and it’s sensitive and I can’t stretch my arm,’’ Porzingis said of his ballooning elbow. “It bothers me a little bit but not that bad. It’s always, I have to get the swelling down and then I’ll be fine again. But I think once the season’s over. I might have to do something about it. I just can’t keep going like this every year.”
Porzingis said he could “drain it” or “do some stuff with it.”
Source: Marc Berman of the New York Post
Pelicans’ Alvin Gentry Blasts Officiating After Loss to Rockets
For the second consecutive game, the coach opposing the Houston Rockets finished the night with an epic rant against the officials. This time, it was New Orleans’ Alvin Gentry, who fired off against the referees following the Pelicans’ 107-101 home defeat.
“The thing that bothers me more than anything, and I really don’t care, we try to play the right way, and we play our asses off,” Gentry said. “All we want is an equal opportunity to win the game. Not have a situation where we are guessing on the biggest play of the game, where they call a 3-point foul from the corner.
Source: Stefano Fusaro of ESPN
Grizzlies End 19-Game Skid, Earn Win vs Nuggets
The Denver Nuggets did something no NBA team has done in almost seven weeks: They lost to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Dillon Brooks scored 24 points, Tyreke Evans added 20, and the Grizzlies snapped a 19-game losing streak with a 101-94 victory over the Nuggets on Saturday night.
Source: The Associated Press on ESPN