From “confusion to contusion,” Kristaps Porzingis is expected to miss his 11th game, this one because of a bruised left thigh when the Knicks host the Nets on Thursday.
Porzingis left Tuesday’s game with the Pacers at the start of the fourth quarter after colliding with Monta Ellis, and the Knicks rallied to win without him. Porzingis had been felled by Achilles tendinitis and a sprained ankle earlier this season.
It figures Porzingis will return after a three-day break when the Knicks start a West Coast trip in Los Angeles against the Clippers on Monday, but Hornacek was noncommittal. Or ambivalent.
“We’ll see — whenever he’s ready to play,’’ said Hornacek, who doesn’t seem pleased Porzingis claimed recently the team was in “confusion from top to bottom.’’
Despite Hornacek’s concession speech, Derrick Rose said he hasn’t given up hope on the playoffs, the club trailing the East’s eighth seed by six games with 14 to play.
“You never know what could happen,’’ Rose said. “I’ve been saying the entire year, I’ve been on a [Chicago] team [where] we had to win Game 82 to make the playoffs.’’