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.” Not having time to recover from his two ailments amid a back-to-back set was a big factor in the decision to rest. But Porzingis sees himself returning Saturday for Sacramento at the Garden. “Sometimes it’s smart when something’s hurting to maybe sit out one game and not later lose four games,’’ Porzingis said. “But in this case, I got to the point with the ankle I needed to give it a rest. Hopefully I’ll be ready next game.” Howard looked to be throwing Porzingis around much of the night until their inside battle finally resulted in an offensive foul on “Superman.’’ But not before the Latvian was lobbying to the referees.
Porzingis out, warns elbow issue may have to be dealt with
New York Post | Nov 9