New York Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis has said he plans to play through the pain barrier after he suffered a bruised right foot.
Porzingis injured his foot in the fourth quarter of the Knicks’ 119-113 win over the Philadelphia 76ers in double overtime on Monday.
However, while the injury is still bothering him, Porzingis took part in the Knicks’ practice session on Tuesday and made it clear that his injury won’t hinder his performance going forward.
“I feel better today,” Porzingis told reporters on Tuesday. “Hopefully, I will feel even better tomorrow . . . When I’m walking, it’s a little sensitive and I don’t want to put a lot of pressure on it. It doesn’t seem to be too bad, too important of an injury. I hope to return back tomorrow.”
Porzingis is currently enjoying a successful rookie season as he is averaging 14.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 2.0 blocks per game. While the 20-year-old has played in all 43 games thus far, he is determined to extend that streak and represent the Knicks in all 82 games of the regular season.
However, even though Porzingis is eager to play against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, he revealed that the doctors will make the final decision.
“I want to be on the floor and help my team win,” Porzingis said. “Of course, I want to try to play 82 games. Stuff like this is going to happen my whole career. It’s not just going to be my rookie season. I want to play through the pain. I’m going to have to play through the pain. It just depends if it’s a smart decision long term or what. That’s what the team is worried about.”