New York Knicks Mix 12/16/17: Is Porzingis' health a growing concern?
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The New York Knicks are riding a three-game winning streak, Kristaps Porzingis’ nagging injuries are becoming a growing concern for Knicks fans.

The Knicks took down their crosstown rivals in Brooklyn on Thursday night. In what was only their second win on the road this season, the Knicks were led by Courtney Lee, who scored a game-high 27 points. Coach Jeff Hornacek has been experimenting with his rotations as of late. This game featured a scrappy second unit of Frank Ntilikina, Ron Baker, Doug McDermott, Michael Beasley, and Kyle O’Quinn.

Kristaps Porzingis banged up, yet again

Knicks superstar, Kristaps Porzingis left the game early in the second half on Thursday after what appeared to be a non-contact injury. Per the Knicks, Porzingis is day-to-day with a sore left knee. His status remains questionable for tonight’s game against old mentor and rival, Carmelo Anthony.

It would be wise for the Knicks to keep an especially close on Porzingis’ health. There’s no reason to jeopardize his future for a few games in December. Porzingis has only played in 24 of the Knicks 28 total games. It’s important that the Knicks monitor the various nagging injuries that Porzingis has dealt with so far this season.

It’s becoming clear that Porzingis has what it takes to become a superstar in New York. Hopefully, these nagging injuries don’t become part of what defines him because right now, catching the injury bug is the only thing that can slow the unicorn down.

Coach Jeff Hornacek is in a tricky spot because he knows he needs Porzingis in the lineup in order to win games consistently, but he can’t lose sight of the big picture. Hornacek and the Knicks are dealing with this same conundrum with Enes Kanter and our own Robbie Stratakos breaks that down here.

Oklahoma City comes to town

The Knicks are currently riding a three-game winning streak as they look to take advantage of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Madison Square Garden. Did we mention that former Knick player, Carmelo Anthony will be making his return to the Garden? The Thunder are coming off a triple-overtime game in which Steven Adams, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George, and Russell Westbrook all played around 50 minutes. Westbrook played an insane career-high 52 minutes and following the game he looked like he could have played 52 more minutes without thinking twice. Sixers big man Joel Embiid trolled the Thunder’s Steven Adams after he fouled out by waving goodbye to him. Westbrook remains one of the prettiest guys in the league and kept things interesting after the game.

After what was sure to be an emotionally draining game, the Knicks need to pounce on the Thunder and jump on them early tonight. Full pregame coverage is coming later on. In the meantime, get caught up on all things Knicks with all our coverage below.

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