Porziņģis to play in NBA Rising Stars Challenge

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New York Knicks rookie and Latvian hopeful Kristaps Porziņģis will take part in the Rising Stars Challenge on February 12 in Toronto, reported LSM's Latvian-language service Wednesday.

The match, held on the weekend of the All-Stars Game, will have rookies and second-year players from the U.S. play against a roster of international players.

Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Porzingis, believed to be the leading candidates for the award this season, will play on opposite teams in the match. 

Porzingis was a candidate for the All-Stars match up but fell about 100,000 votes short to participate in the Eastern Conference roster.

However there's still a chance that Porziņģis will be named as a substitute for the All-Stars game when the bench players are picked on Thursday.

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