Report: Kristaps Porzingis’ elbow injury could require offseason surgery
The New York Knicks are having what you may call a mild success early this season. Even after their 112-99 loss to the Orlando Magic on Wednesday, the Knicks still own more wins than losses with a 6-5 record.
The Knicks could’ve won that game and extended their win streak to four games had Kristaps Porzingis joined them in the game. Porzingis sat out the contest due to a sprained ankle and a bruised elbow. Even more bothersome for the Knicks fans was Porzingis saying he might need to undergo a procedure on his elbow at the end of this season, per Marc Berman of the New York Post. Porzingis said that he aggravated the pain on his elbow against the Hornets.
“When I hit it again it just swells up and it’s sensitive and I can’t stretch my arm,’’ Porzingis said of his ballooning elbow. “It bothers me a little bit but not that bad. It’s always, I have to get the swelling down and then I’ll be fine again. But I think once the season’s over. I might have to do something about it. I just can’t keep going like this every year.”
This isn’t the type of news long-suffering Knicks fans like to hear, but if anything, at least the elbow injury isn’t serious enough to keep Porzingis out for a long time.
The lanky Latvian is pacing the Knicks with 30.0 points per game
Porzingis’ absence was certainly felt by New York in the Magic game, as the Knicks failed to score more than 100 points for the first time in four games.
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.