The injury that has sidelined New York Knicks rookie Markelle Fultz for the majority of the season is not the same injury that ended up with him in the NBA Finals.
Fultz suffered a sprained right knee while on a layup at the end of the second quarter of Game 1 of the 2016 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors.
He had surgery the following night and was out for the entire season.
But he said that, while in the hospital, he received some new information that changed his outlook on the injury.
Fellow rookie Kristaps Porzingis was in the same situation and said the injury was more of a blessing than a curse.
“It’s going to take a while to get it to 100 percent.
It was a blessing to get a surgery, but it’s also going to be a blessing because it’s going away from me.
It’s not going to come back in a year,” Porzingus said.
“It’s really going to happen when you’re 100 percent and you’re ready to go.”
Porzingus, who has played in the past five All-Star games, said the rehab was a long process for him.
“I don’t know if you’re going to have to wait six months to get into the game.
I think that’s going be pretty quick,” he said.
Porzerus, the 2017 Rookie of the Year, said he’s still in the process of learning the process and that he hopes to be ready to play by the end, but he is confident he can do it.
“Hopefully, it doesn’t take a long time,” Porzerus said of the surgery.
“If it takes longer than that, I’m going to try to be patient and keep it moving.”
The Knicks also have a chance to add a scoring threat from the backcourt.
Faulk is averaging 15.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while shooting 50.6 percent from the floor and 41.7 percent from three-point range.
He is shooting 45.4 percent from deep and 53.2 percent on three-pointers.
The Nets, meanwhile, are hoping to get back to their winning ways with a healthy Kevin Garnett and are in the midst of a playoff run that includes a win over the Thunder in the first round on Tuesday night.
The Knicks, however, have lost five straight games and seven of nine since beating the Thunder.
Brooklyn, which has won seven of its last nine, is playing its fourth game in four nights after going winless at home during a four-game road trip.
The Pacers, who lost to the Nets in their first meeting, were playing without forward Myles Turner due to a spraining ankle and have also had to deal with a sprains ankle, a sore right knee and a bruised left wrist.
Indiana is 2-6 when losing two consecutive games, including a loss in Game 4 of the 2017 Western Conference Finals to the Thunder on Sunday.
The Thunder, however are 1-5 when winning two straight and 1-6 on the road.