Porzingis sits out Melo's MSG return due to sore knee

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The New York Knicks announced star big man Kristaps Porzingis will miss Saturday's game against Carmelo Anthony and the Oklahoma City Thunder due to a sore left knee.

While battling lingering injuries to his left knee and right elbow throughout the season, Porzingis has dominated opponents to the tune of 25.5 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks per game. This will be the fifth game Porzingis has missed to date.

Unfortunately for hoop fans, the timing of Porzingis' absence has taken away an opportunity to witness a symbolic changing of the guard. Anthony returns Saturday for his first game at Madison Square Garden since being traded from the Knicks for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott, and a second-round draft pick just 82 days ago.

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In 27 appearances alongside reigning MVP Russell Westbrook and four-time All-Star Paul George, Anthony has seen his playing time, scoring rate, and assists drop to career lows.