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Kristaps Porzingis doesn’t believe bruised foot will sideline him

Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks reacts

Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks reacts after an injury in the second half against the Philadelphia 76ers at Madison Square Garden on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016 in New York City. Credit: Jim McIsaac

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — After a light workout with his Knicks teammates on Tuesday, Kristaps Porzingis said his bruised right foot was feeling better; he is officially listed as questionable for Wednesday night’s game against the Utah Jazz.

Porzingis injured his foot in the fourth quarter of the Knicks’ double-overtime win over Philadelphia on Monday when he landed on it awkwardly after going up for a rebound. Porzingis called the injury a “bone bruise” and said it is located on the instep of his right foot.

“I feel better today,” Porzingis said on Tuesday. “Hopefully, I will feel even better tomorrow . . . When I’m walking, it’s a little sensitive and I don’t want to put a lot of pressure on it. It doesn’t seem to be too bad, too important of an injury. I hope to return back tomorrow.”

Porzingis has played in all 43 games of his rookie season. That includes last Saturday’s game in Memphis when he played despite a sore shoulder. He said Tuesday his goal is to be there for all 82 but will let the doctors make the decision about Wednesday’s game.

“I want to be on the floor and help my team win,” Porzingis said. “Of course, I want to try to play 82 games. Stuff like this is going to happen my whole career. It’s not just going to be my rookie season. I want to play through the pain. I’m going to have to play through the pain. It just depends if it’s a smart decision long term or what. That’s what the team is worried about.”

Porzingis isn’t the only player listed as questionable for the game. Kevin Seraphin, who bruised his right rib Saturday in Memphis, and Lance Thomas, who has a sore left knee, are both questionable.

“We have a few guys banged up, so we didn’t do a lot today physically,” Knicks coach Derek Fisher said. “We’ll see about tomorrow.”

Fisher said that Porzingis is learning about the wear and tear a body takes during the course of an 82-game season.

“We are aware of what it is and he’ll be fine,” Fisher said. “In terms of tomorrow, we’re just waiting to see how he’s doing.”

Porzingis did not play in either of the overtimes in Monday’s win over the 76ers, though he was on the floor at the end of regulation when Carmelo Anthony hit his three-pointer to send it into the first overtime.

Anthony played more than 49 minutes in the 119-113 win over the 76ers, and admitted he was feeling some of the effects on Tuesday. Anthony had sat out the previous two games with a sprained right ankle.

“You know the next day after a long game like that is always a little tough, but you have to figure out ways to get yourself going again the next day,” Antony said. “Yesterday is over, so it’s all about getting my mind right and ready for tomorrow.”

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