The NBA apparently believes in unicorns, too.
Kristaps Porzingis was named on Monday because the Eastern Conference participant of the week after averaging 33.5 factors over his earlier 4 video games, together with a career-high 40 in Sunday’s comeback win over Indiana.
Jeff Hornacek definitely did not want any Election Day exit polls to inform him that the award was well-deserved.
“Yeah, he should’ve got it. He’s been great,” Hornacek mentioned earlier than Tuesday’s dwelling sport towards Charlotte. “He’s carried us. I believe he is proven that he can deal with that. Guys belief him. They search for him and when he is open they’re studying tips on how to get it to him on the proper spots.
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“It’s been impressive offensively what he’s done, how calm he’s gone about it…But I think his defense also has been a big factor in us winning these games.”
Porzingis, whose 30.2 factors per sport via 9 appearances ranked second behind Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo within the NBA scoring race, has commonly been listening to MVP chants from the house crowds at MSG.
“Well, as long as it keeps his confidence up, that’s fine,” Hornacek added. “I believe he is simply not forcing something. You take a look at the sport and generally you do not understand…we’re sitting on the bench and impulsively you search for and he is acquired 28, 29 factors.
“You’re like ‘Holy Cow’ that got there quickly. So the big thing with him is not forcing things. He’s taking shots within the flow…I think it’s just the way he’s playing within the team and not trying to force things, that’s been impressive.”
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Despite his lately improved play, the Nike billboard of rookie level guard Frank Ntilikina on a skyscraper throughout from the Garden has been eliminated. It supposedly solely was scheduled to be on the facet of that constructing for a predetermined time.
“I didn’t see that, but I don’t think about it,” Ntilikina mentioned. “It was very cool to have that kind of a billboard here. But the main thing is on the court, so that’s all I’m thinking about.”
Joakim Noah is eligible to return from his 20-game PED suspension (carried over from final spring) on Monday towards Cleveland.
With 16 gamers underneath contract, the Knicks should make a roster transfer to facilitate the veteran huge man’s activation.
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Second-year ahead Mindaugas Kuzminskas, inactive Tuesday for a 10th straight sport, reportedly has been shopped across the league by the Knicks. Veteran level guard Ramon Sessions, who had totaled simply six minutes over the earlier six video games with 5 DNPs, additionally could possibly be a candidate to be launched from his veteran-minimum contract.
Asked what Noah’s function might be as soon as he returns, Hornacek replied: “We still have another week before that. When he comes in we’ve got to figure out what his role is going to be with all of the bigs that we have. That’s something Jo and I will have to talk about and figure out. The way we’ve been playing I like the Enes (Kanter) and Kyle (O’Quinn) rotation right now. We’ll have to see.”
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