Kristaps Porzingis Injury: Updates on Knicks Star's Achilles and Return

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured Columnist

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New York Knicks star forward Kristaps Porzingis injured his left Achilles against the Philadelphia 76ers on Jan. 11 and has not played since. A timetable for his return to the court has yet to be announced.

Continue for updates.

Porzingis Out Versus Celtics

Wednesday, Jan. 18

The Knicks announced Porzingis would not be available Wednesday against the Boston Celtics.

Porzingis Comments on Potential Return

Sunday, Jan. 15

"I need to get it 100 percent before I step back on the court again," Porzingis said, per Al Iannazzone of Newsday. "I need to take my time, calm down a little bit. I'm just too anxious to be out there. Today, too, I was like, 'Let me go. You got to let me go. You got to let me go.'

"We have a tough schedule ahead of us. I want to be back as soon as possible. But at the same time, I want to make sure I'm healthy and that I can be 100 percent for the team."

Porzingis Struggling to Shake Achilles Injury

Porzingis has been battling the Achilles injury over the last few weeks. He missed three games from Dec. 31 through Jan. 4 with the same ailment.

The 21-year-old was originally injured during a game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Dec. 30. His performance has suffered since, as he's been held to single-digit point totals in each of his last two appearances while shooting 6-of-23 from the field.

With New York in a free fall, it can't afford to lose Porzingis for too long. He's been terrific this season, ranking second on the team with both 19.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.

The Knicks will go as far as Porzingis carries them. He's taken over as the face of the franchise in his second season, and other stars like Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah must pick up the slack to keep the team afloat until Porzingis returns.

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