Can Porzingis save the Knicks — NBA Courtside

Can Porzingis save the Knicks — NBA Courtside

Can Porzingis save the Knicks — NBA Courtside

"But we have a very, very long way to go". Porzingis averages 30.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game.

But stopping the Magic (7-4) proved difficult without a 7-foot-3 Unicorn in the middle.

Porzingis will have plenty of time to rest his aching body as the Knicks won't play until Saturday when they host the Sacramento Kings.

"At the half, Lance gave us a good speech: 'We got to lock in there".

"You can't guard him one-on-one", Clifford said.

LeBron James now has 11 career 50-point games, tied with Allen Iverson for sixth most all-time (Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant comprise the top-three) Gregg Popovich has passed Phil Jackson for sixth in wins in NBA history.

Defend him with wings to neutralize the advantage his quickness provides against traditional big men? It was the second straight game Porzingis fueled a fourth-quarter charge as the Knicks overcame a 16-point deficit in the last 10:03 to beat Indiana on Sunday night.

Tuesday night, the noise level at Madison Square Garden was as loud as it has been in years for a Knicks game.

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The Knicks' power forward is dropping an astounding 1.45 PPP as the roll man, the league's third-best clip, behind only roll-men extraordinaires Clint Capela and Rudy Gobert.

The main person to watch here, obviously, is Porzingis. According to Ian Begley of ESPN, Ramon Sessions and Mindaugas Kuzminskas appear to be the most likely candidates on the cutting room floor.

Oh, and his absurd shooting prowess certainly doesn't hurt either. "That was the right play in that moment".

Much like the previous two games, the Knicks (6-5) found themselves trailing going into the fourth quarter and sent out a group led by Frank Ntilikina and Tim Hardaway Jr. "I cannot comment on rumors and the things which are not coming officially from me or my team or my agent". Can it continue? His usage rate jumped from 24.4 percent last season to 35.7 percent this season, which leads the league. Just the fact that it's a legitimate question now. On the Lakers side it's Lonzo Ball, who has shown flashes of greatness but is still trying to find his footing early into his rookie season.

Porzingis' added strength has partly played a role in his auspicious start, as exemplified on that play. All NBA teams deal with injuries throughout the season and how they handle them often separates the playoff teams from the lottery teams. On Thursday, they'll begin a four-game road trip to play the Phoenix Suns, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers, and the Magic need to regain some momentum before they leave for the West Coast. What about the last two games?

There was no comeback this time for the Babybockers.

Defensive superstardom is right around the corner. "They run a lot of stuff for him, and he does a good job of just using his height".

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