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Knicks Playoff Hopes Hinge On Kristaps Porzingis

The New York Knicks are currently fighting for a playoff spot this early in the regular season. After starting out 0-3, they bounced back up and started to win games in achieving a .500 record thus far. Now some would say that they should have a better record because most of their games were against weaker opponents. But part of that reason is because Kristaps Porzingis didn’t play due to nagging injuries. If the Knicks want to be a playoff contender this year, they need to hope that Porzingis is healthy and playing like a rising superstar.

The word superstar is used so much in today’s game. When people said superstar they think of LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden, or even Stephen Curry. These are the players that change a game in less than a minute by scoring or making big time defensive plays. Looking at Kristaps Porzingis, he has the skills and intangibles to not only be a two-way player, but a game changer.

At 7’3, he can do things that most center wouldn’t dream of doing. Being able to shoot threes, over smaller opponents and being a top five shot blocker is a major step for the 22-year-old. He averaging 25.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2 blocks a game. His presence on the court makes everyone better.

Teams have to gameplan on how they can stop him from going off, which has been somewhat successful but still getting his own shots. The Knicks know that without him, they are a lottery team. The team is o-4 in games where he doesn’t play. It’s much easier for other teams to guard these Knicks when Porzingis isn’t on the court. He provides so much attention that the coaching and medical staff need to make sure that he is healthy throughout the regular season.

Being a playoff contender isn’t something to ignore and fans probably want this team to tank for a higher pick. Well, don’t say that to Porzingis, who believes this team can make the playoffs. If they do make it, Porzingis can learn how the playoffs are like and come back stronger than ever. But the Knicks need to keeping winning games, especially on the road if they want to be taken seriously by other contenders.

The author: RaymondM