Kristaps Porzingis, not like the entrance workplace, is not so involved about long-term belongings. He needs the Knicks to be consumers on the commerce deadline in hopes of boosting a push to his first postseason.
“Playoff expertise for myself, individually, could be enormous at this level in my profession — the earlier the higher,” he mentioned. “And for a lot of the guys. Many of the guys have not felt that playoff expertise that everyone talks about — that the blokes speak about which were there.”
It is comprehensible for Porzingis to be itching for the playoffs in Yr three. However realistically, the Knicks (22-28) might be within the lottery once more and promoting across the Feb. eight commerce deadline. Upgrading the roster makes little sense at this level given who is out there. Kyle O’Quinn, Willy Hernangomez and Courtney Lee are garnering curiosity, and New York’s hope is that they convey again rebuilding belongings, not win-now gamers.
Whereas Porzingis mentioned his choice is to improve, he has little curiosity in being concerned within the course of.
“I believe they know I need to be within the playoffs and that is the one factor on my thoughts,” mentioned Porzingis, who’s eligible for a $150 million contract extension this upcoming summer time. “I am not going to go in there and be like, ‘No, we’re tanking.’ Then there isn’t any purpose to play. That is the one factor I am centered on. What I must do on the courtroom to play higher, make my workforce win.”
The Knicks ought to win Tuesday’s dwelling sport in opposition to the Nets earlier than the schedule turns brutal earlier than the deadline — with video games in Boston, Milwaukee and Toronto.
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New York has owned the Nets and goes for its first season sweep of its neighbor in seven years.
“We prefer to play Brooklyn,” Porzingis mentioned. “I imply, we glance higher in opposition to groups that aren’t above .500, clearly.”
The Knicks have defeated Brooklyn (18-32) 3 times this season by a median of 14.three factors.
Enes Kanter suffered a nasty lower on his lip throughout Monday’s follow courtesy of inadvertent elbow from teammate Doug McDermott.
Kanter posted the bloody carnage on Twitter earlier than having stitches put in. He is anticipated to be accessible in opposition to the Nets.