Wednesday November 11th, 2015

When will the NBA learn to box out Kristaps Porzingis?

​The 7'3" Knicks rookie has displayed a real knack for finding the ball around the rim, and against the Raptors Tuesday night, Porzingis came up with another putback dunk to add to his growing resumé.

The game was tied late in the second quarter when Carmelo Anthony fired a three off the back iron. Porzingis soared in over three unsuspecting Raptors—Jonas Valanciunas, James Johnson and Luis Scola—caught the ball at its apex, two-handed, and returned it to its rightful place.

The young Latvian has proven he belongs in the league pretty quickly, with three double-doubles in his first seven games. What’s more, the Knicks led the Raptors at halftime on the road. The most watchable Knicks team in a while carries on.

Jeremy Woo

 

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