An MRI taken Thursday on New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis’ injured right ankle was negative, revealing no damage, league sources told ESPN. Porzingis is considered day-to-day, ESPN sources say, after spraining his ankle Wednesday against the Miami Heat. The Knicks next play on Sunday against the Orlando Magic.
Porzingis was hurt on Wednesday when he and Justise Winslow were pursuing a loose ball on the baseline and Winslow stepped on Porzingis’ right foot. Porzingis’ foot turned during the first-quarter sequence and he appeared to roll his ankle. He stayed on the floor for several minutes before walking to the locker room, while being supported by a teammate and a team staffer.
Porzingis said afterward that he felt his ankle “touching the floor,” but he didn’t feel significant pain immediately after the injury. X-rays taken Wednesday were negative. Originally, the Knicks said Porzingis was available to return to the game. But the third-year forward said that he and team doctors concluded at halftime that he shouldn’t return, in part because New York led by double digits at the time.
Any missed time for Porzingis would be a significant loss for New York (11-10). The 22-year-old entered play on Wednesday ranked fourth in the NBA in points per game (27.0) and first in blocks per game (2.2). Porzingis, though, was optimistic on Wednesday night that he won’t be out for long.
Pacers to Host 2021 NBA All-Star Game
Indianapolis will host the 2021 NBA All-Star Game, the league announced Wednesday.
The game will be held at the Pacers’ Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, which hasn’t hosted the event since 1985, when it was played at the Hoosier Dome.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
Clippers’ Austin Rivers Leaves Game with Concussion
Clippers guard Austin Rivers suffered a concussion during Wednesday’s 106-95 win over the Orlando Magic and will not play Friday night against the Washington Wizards, the Clippers announced.
Rivers left the game after taking an elbow to the head in the final seconds of the second quarter. He did not return.
Warriors’ Green Doubtful for Thursday’s Game
Golden State Warriors power forward Draymond Green, who is nursing a sore right shoulder, was ruled as doubtful for Thursday night’s home game against the Dallas Mavericks.
The reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year did not participate in practice on Wednesday. Warriors’ head coach Steve Kerr said the team is just being cautious, noting that it’s not a serious matter.
Source: Chris Haynes of ESPN