NEW YORK -- New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis is questionable for Saturday's home game against Carmelo Anthony and the Oklahoma City Thunder due to a knee injury but the third-year forward felt improvement in the knee on Friday, league sources told ESPN.
Porzingis, who suffered the knee injury during the Knicks' win over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday, is officially listed as day-to-day by New York. Porzingis said on Thursday that he didn't believe that the knee injury was serious - and he appears to be correct based on Friday's developments.
Porzingis' knee was "worked on" on Friday and the discomfort in his knee decreased, league sources told ESPN. It is unclear if Porzingis underwent an MRI or had X-rays to further determine the extent of the injury but sources say he did not undergo significant testing because it wasn't warranted based on the state of the injury.
The 22-year-old initially twisted his left knee in the first half when he received the ball in the post.
"I felt my knee buckle a little bit, and I felt a little pain there. So it's more about being cautious," Porzingis said. "I had a little shock pain there, and that's it."
The third-year forward played through some discomfort later in the half but said he felt instability in the knee in the third quarter, so he removed himself from the game.
"I just ran up and down a few times, and I felt it wasn't right," he said. "... I felt that I don't have the strength that I want to have. It just didn't feel right."
If Porzingis is out for Saturday's game against Oklahoma City -- which is Anthony's first game at Madison Square Garden since he was traded by the Knicks in September -- it would leave a significant void for New York. He entered Thursday averaging 26 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks and was a key reason New York was one game over .500 entering the game against Brooklyn.
The Knicks, who beat Brooklyn to improve to 15-13, are already without starting shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr., who is out indefinitely because of a stress injury in his lower left leg.