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Knicks center Luke Kornet will get MRI for sprained ankle

Luke Kornet

New York Knicks big man Luke Kornet sprained his ankle during his team’s loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday afternoon, exiting the game after just seven minutes.

Kornet had an X-ray, but results were inconclusive. He will go for an MRI on Tuesday, according to Steve Popper of Newsday.

Kornet has been a pleasant surprise for the Knicks of late, averaging 11.3 points and 3.7 rebounds over 24.9 minutes per game during the month of January while shooting 43,9 percent from the floor, 40.5 percent from three-point range and 82.4 percent from the free-throw line.

The 23-year-old began receiving more consistent playing time in mid-December, and in a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Dec. 27, Kornet scored 23 points and made seven three-pointers.

This month, Kornet has put forth three double-digit scoring efforts, including another 23-point outing in a defeat against the Philadelphia 76ers on Jan. 13.

Overall this season, Kornet is averaging seven points and 2.5 boards across 15.2 minutes a night while making 42.7 percent of his field-goal attempts, 43.4 percent of his long-distance tries and 82.6 percent of his foul shots.

David Fizdale has apparently thought enough of Kornet’s ability to spread the floor to have Kornet supplant Enes Kanter in the rotation, much to the dismay of Kanter.

Kornet signed a two-way contract with the Knicks in July 2017 and played in 20 games last season, registering 6.7 points and 3.2 boards through 16.3 minutes per game, connecting on 39.2 percent of his shots, 35.4 percent of his triples and 72.7 percent of his free throws.

The Knicks are now just 10-35 on the year after falling to the Thunder.