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Porzingis Exits Knicks–Heat Game in First Quarter With Ankle Injury

New York Knicks’ power forward Kristaps Porzingis left Wednesday’s Heat match up after appearing to roll his right ankle on the foot of Miami’s Justise Winslow. Porzingis had previously made his first two attempts from the field, but only 2:30 into the first quarter Porzingis, accompanied by New York’s training staff, left the floor and headed to the locker room.

Porzingis missed the Houston game over the weekend due to a lower back issue, however, the Knicks were playing a back-to-back set following the previous night’s game in Atlanta; so, Porzingis’ health has been a mild concern for the Knicks. Additionally, Porzingis has discussed an issue with his elbow swelling although that injury could be resolved at a later time.

The ankle roll for Porzingis dampened the mood at Madison Square Garden. Michael Beasley entered the game in place of the hurt KP, but the Garden crowd fell silent and only murmurs were heard in the wake of the scary injury for New York’s budding star. Also on the injury list is rookie Frank Ntilikina who reportedly turned his ankle during practice, according to head coach Jeff Hornacek. These two injury concerns, coupled with New York’s three-game losing streak, have created anxiety for the Knicks who are hoping to lean into their youth.

Porzingis is averaging 27.0 points (4th in the NBA), 7.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and 2.2 blocks (1st in the NBA) in 18 games this season. This story is developing and will update upon news of Porzingis’ condition.

UPDATE: 8:13 p.m. EST.

Good news: Porzingis’ X-ray came back negative and the Latvian is expected to return to game action, per NY Knicks PR:

UPDATE: 8:57 p.m. EST.

Porzingis neither returned to the starting lineup nor the Knicks’ bench on the sideline to start the second half. With three rest days before a match up against the Orlando Magic, it’s likely Porzingis sits the rest of Wednesday’s game (and with the Knicks up double digits).

UPDATE: 9:12 p.m. EST.

Porzingis will not return after being cleared from the right ankle sprain.

UPDATE: 3:01 p.m. EST 11/30.

ESPN reports Porzingis’ MRI results came back negative and the power forward will be day-to-day.

UPDATE: 2:29 p.m. EST 12/3.

Porzingis will not play against the Magic on Sunday, December 3. According to the Knicks, it was a game time decision; however, Frank Ntilikina, who was inactive on Wednesday, will play today.

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