New York Knicks: Jeff Hornacek says unlikely Kristaps Porzingis plays Wednesday
Nov 28, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks with forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the second half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

According to Ian Begley of ESPN New York, New York Knicks‘ Kristaps Porzingis didn’t practice is unlikely to play Wednesday vs. the Bucks.

Kristaps Porzingis could only watch from the bench as the New York Knicks (16-18) were pummeled inside by the Orlando Magic Monday night.

He was out for his second straight game with a sore Achilles and without their best rim protector the Knicks allowed Magic point guard Elfrid Payton to run wild in the paint.

It looks like the Knicks could be in for another rough night on defense because Ian Begley of ESPN New York is reporting Jeff Hornacek said it’s “unlikely” Porzingis will make a return to the lineup on Wednesday against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Although Porzingis obviously wants to play, Begley says that his head coach isn’t as optimistic after the 7-footer missed practice Tuesday.

Per Begley, Hornacek says Porzingis “might be doubtful” for Wednesday. It certainly doesn’t sound like he’s going to play.

No matter how much we might want to see him suit up against fellow unicorn Giannis Antetokounmpo, it’s more prudent for the long-term that Porzingis nurse his injury.

New York hosts Milwaukee on Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 7:30 p.m. ET on MSG Network.

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