NEW YORK – Kristaps Porzingis had come out hot, hitting his first two shots of the game and the crowd at Madison Square Garden was cheering wildly.
And then it went silent.
Just two minutes and 30 seconds into the game, trying to go for a loose ball near the Miami Heat bench Porzingis was stretched out when Miami’s Justise Winslow stepped on his foot, the impact rolling Porzingis’s right ankle 90 degrees. The 7-foot-3 Knicks’ star sat on the floor and as he tried to get up he banged his fist in frustration on the court.
Jarrett Jack ran back to try to help him, but immediately signaled to the Knicks bench for the trainers to come help him and Porzingis had to be carried off the court and into the locker room.
The Knicks said that it was a sprained right ankle and that x-rays were negative and that he was available to return.
Porzingis entered the game averaging 27 points per game.
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