When it rains on the Knicks, it pours on the Knicks.
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Adding to the drama surrounding Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose and Charles Oakley , the team lost young star Kristaps Porzingis to a potentially serious ankle injury in the first half of its 119-104 loss to the Cavaliers in Cleveland on Thursday night.
Porzingis turned his ankle late in the second quarter, limped off the court and never returned. He finished with eight points in 16 minutes.
According to ESPN’s Ian Begley, Porzingis was in a walking boot after the game and said he’ll probably received further testing on his ankle Friday.
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There is concern among some within the Knicks organization about potential ligament damage to Kristaps Porzingis’ ankle, I’m told.
The Big Ten’s Player of the Year was a monster inside, 6-9 and built like a Sherman tank. He averaged 18.5 points and was a rebounding machine, with 12.6 per game, second in the NBA. Swanigan failed to impress teams at the NBA Combine after his freshman season last year lacked quickness and versatility in his game, and his shot was inconsistent. But Swanigan put in the work this offseason, and came back with a much more polished, NBA-ready game.
He shot 43 percent from the 3-point line and has gotten much better offensively in pick-and-roll situations, in part because he improved his conditioning. His ability to defend the paint remains a concern, and that’s what has scouts putting him only on the fringe of the draft’s first round. But if Swanigan can put his mark on this tournament the way he did on the Big Ten season, his stock will get that needed boost.