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Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis to play on Wednesday despite groin injury

23 December 2015: New York Knicks Forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) looks to pass during the game between the New York Knicks and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Oh. (Photo by Mark Alberti/ Icon Sportswire)
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New York Knicks’ big man Kristaps Porzingis expects to be available for his team’s Wednesday preseason matchup against the Boston Celtics, according to Ian Begley of ESPN. Porzingis originally injured his groin during Saturday evening’s loss to the Celtics at Madison Square Garden.

He will likely miss practice on Sunday, however.

“It kind of just got a little worse and worse throughout the game,” said Porzingis. “And once I cooled down and came back in, I felt a little more.”

He also stated that the doctors want to make sure he is 100 percent healthy before they clear him to get back on the floor to play. The 21-year-old scored nine points in 15 minutes during the Knicks’ Saturday loss while draining two three-pointers.

Obviously, Porzingis’ health is crucial to New York.

The Latvian-born forward burst on to the scene last season, averaging 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in what was a surprisingly phenomenal rookie campaign. The Knicks selected Porzingis with the fourth overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft and New York fans immediately bemoaned the selection.

However, once they saw the 7-3, 240-pounder play, they changed their minds.

Big things are expected from him in 2016-2017 with many expecting him to post even better statistics than he did last year.

In addition to his scoring and rebounding averages, Porzingis posted a PER of 17.7 and got to the free-throw line 4.2 times per game in 2015-2016. Even so, his efficiency was spotty, as he tallied a true-shooting percentage of only 51.8 percent and an effective field-goal percentage of 46.7 percent.

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