Knicks Injury Report: Kristaps Porzingis available, Joakim Noah still out
Nov 16, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) looks to shoot over New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) and forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks announced that Kristaps Porzingis would return for Thursday night’s game against the Washington Wizards.

  • New York Knicks (19-24)
  • Washington Wizards (22-19)
  • Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 at  8:00 p.m. ET on TNT
  • Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York

The New York Knicks announced via their official public relations twitter page that Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) will make his return to the lineup after missing four straight games. That isn’t all. Starting center Joakim Noah (ankle) will miss his sixth game of the 2016-17 season.

Marc Berman of The New York Post reported that head coach Jeff Hornacek is hesitant to commit to a starting lineup for tonight’s game.

Tonight could be the debut of Porzingis at the center position. How many times have we said that?

The Wizards have been on a roll lately and they’ll be a tough matchup for the Knicks. According to ESPN Stats and Info, they’ve been the best team in the East since Dec. 8.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.