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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis suffered what looked like to be a gruesome ankle sprain Wednesday night after Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow stepped on his right foot.
Porzingis slammed the floor with his hand in frustration and needed help walking to the locker room. He had an X-ray at Madison Square Garden and the results came back negative.
Kristaps Porzingis was helped to the locker room by Willy Hernangomez and another person here at MSG. Justise Winslow stepped on the right foot of Porzingis, which caused his ankle to bend awkwardly. (VIDEO: @World_Wide_Wob) pic.twitter.com/9O9TVCwwT7
— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) November 30, 2017
Porzingis never returned to the game because the Knicks won in blowout fashion. The rising star told reporters postgame he didn’t need crutches or a boot to leave the stadium.
“Right now, I’m walking around with no crutches, no boot, no nothing,” Porzingis said. “I don’t think it’s that serious, but we’ll see how I feel tomorrow.”
According to ESPN, Porzingis underwent an MRI today and there was no damage revealed. He is considered day-to-day.
MRI results negative on Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis’ right ankle today, league sources tell @IanBegley and me. No damage. Porzingis will be day-to-day.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 30, 2017
Porzingis is averaging 25.8 points and 6.8 rebounds on the season, shooting 46.7 percent from the field and 39.8 percent from beyond the arc.
The Knicks’ next contest is not until Sunday when they host the Orlando Magic, giving Porzingis some time to heal and rest his ankle.