New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis suffered an ankle injury during Thursday’s loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Doctors revealed on Friday that Porzingis did not suffer any ligament damage but will be out “several days”, per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
According to Dr. Selene Parekh, Porzingis likely suffered a routine ankle sprain which should sideline the star for one to two weeks. However, as the team’s building block for the future. He will likely receive an MRI to insure it is not a high ankle sprain. If the MRI reveals a high ankle sprain he could be out anywhere from two to four weeks.
While the power forward believes it is “feasible” that he will play in Monday’s game against the Toronto Raptors, according to Laura Albanese of Newsday, the organization will likely be cautious with their seven footer.
Losing Porzingis significantly diminishes the depth at the team’s power forward position. Once the results of the MRI are revealed and the Knicks have a better view of the situation they may find themselves adding another forward to the roster.
For now, rookie Willy Hernangomez will get all of the minutes he can handle down low and could see solid, but temporary, increase in fantasy value. The Knicks have grown to trust Hernangomez and have expedited his workload after he supplanted Joakim Noah as the team’s starting center. He has averaged 11 points and nine rebounds while shooting 56 percent from the field in February and should be owned in all fantasy leagues if he isn’t already. His numbers should only swell as Porzingis misses time.
Kyle O’Quinn, the team’s backup center, will likely see his minutes increase in Porzingis absence. O’Quinn can fill up the stat sheet when given minutes, as he has displayed this season collecting six double-doubles. He is worth a flier, but while O’Quinn should see his minutes increase, he does primarily play center and does not have the three-point shooting ability that Porzingis has.
Rookie Mindaugas Kuzminskas, is also expected to see a major bump in minutes. Kuzminskas primarily plays small forward, but with a lack of depth at power forward behind Porzingis and Kuzminskas knack for three-point shooting, the Knicks should increase his minutes. He will likely see 20-25 minutes per game and is worth a flier in standard leagues. However, there will likely be better pickups on the waiver wire.
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