The New York Knicks received some horrible news on Tuesday night, as superstar Kristaps Porzingis tore his ACL and is done for the season, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.
An MRI confirmed that Kristaps Porzingis tore the ACL in his left knee, the Knicks say.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) February 7, 2018
Porzingis suffered the gruesome injury after a slam dunk against the Milwaukee Bucks. (THE VIDEO SHOWS A GRAPHIC INJURY AND MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR SOME VIEWERS TO WATCH):
This is it. This is the end. Kristaps Porzingis suffers knee injury after dunking on Giannis Antetokounmpo, carried to locker room. pic.twitter.com/fqQK5TTbDy— All-Star Wobend (@World_Wide_Wob) February 7, 2018
Porzingis has been the Knicks best player in what has been a dismal 2017-18 season. The 7-foot-3 Latvian forward was averaging 22.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game. Named to his first All-Star Game in 2018, Porzingis was in the midst of a career year for a frustrating Knicks squad. Sadly, he'll have to miss the All-Star Game and will be replaced very shortly.
Heading into play on Wednesday, the Knicks sit at 23-32 - five points behind the Philadelphia 76ers for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. With Porzingis out for the season, small forward Tim Hardaway Jr. (second in team scoring), and center Enes Kanter will have to carry the load.
It's been a bad year in injuries for the NBA. The Cleveland Cavaliers have struggled without Kevin Love (broken hand), and were forced to play the first half of 2017-18 without Isaiah Thomas, who was dealing with a bad hip.
On top of that, Gordon Hayward of the Boston Celtics broke his leg in the first game of the season, and is not expected to return until the 2018-19 campaign. DeMarcus Cousins is out for the season with a ruptured achilles, and a knee procedure has sidelined Washington Wizards star John Wall for the next two months.
The Knicks are sure to fall in the standings without Porzingis, and the hope will be that he can return in time for the start of the 2018-19 season in October. The 22-year-old certainly deserved a better ending in what was a truly remarkable breakout year.