Felger: “Porzingis ain’t going to make it”
Kristaps Porzingis dazzled in his Boston Celtics debut on Wednesday night as the Celtics took down the New York Knicks 108-104 at Madison Square Garden. Porzingis played 38 minutes in the victory for the Celtics, which led to Felger thinking that he won’t be able to hold up for the season if he continues on that level.
Can Kristaps Porzingis sustain a large workload this season?
Felger: He will not be there in the end. He will not make it through.
Jim Murray: Alright, so it’s you to stay stuck on that and I understand that. And you should. What about, because I think we all universally mocked one caller that said he’s going to be their second-best player this year, if he plays like he did last night, would you accept that?
Felger: Yeah. I mean, so I’ve never really argued the talent. The one thing I definitely was wrong about, at least for a night, was the defense and the rim protection. Like, I didn’t realize he was that kind of a factor on the defensive end.
Mazz: He was a force last night.
Felger: Of course he can screen and roll and hit a three pointer. Like, yes, he can shoot for a big guy. Hundred percent. Like the rim protection, I’ll give you. Like that’s just me not watching him with the Bullets (Wizards) or wherever the hell he was and fair enough. He’s more of a factor defensively than I want to give him credit for. And if he plays like that? Yeah. Uh huh. Yeah. Championship! You bet. He’s not going to be there. 38 minutes. 38 minutes up and down the floor. Impact minutes on both ends of the floor. High leverage minutes. 38 minutes!
Jim Murray: Given his history, that doesn’t seem sustainable. So I understand where you’re coming from there.
Felger: He ain’t going to make it, folks. He ain’t going to make it. But enjoy it while it lasts because that was fun to watch and he was excellent.