The New York Knicks saw any hopes of making the playoffs swept away when their starman Kristaps Porzingis went down in the second quarter of their loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night with a knee injury.
The Knicks lost to the Bucks 103-89 at Madison Square Garden last night in New York, as Giannis Antetokounmpo was able to run all over them, scoring 23 points with 11 rebounds, six assists, one steal, two blocks, and was 10-of-23 from the field.
Porzingis started the game off strongly for New York, scoring 10 points with two rebounds, three blocks, and being 4-of-5 shooting, but his time on the court was cut short after he suffered a knee injury with just under nine minutes to go before the half.
Porzingis went up for a dunk with Antetokounmpo defending him, but the Latvian landed awkwardly, tweaking his knee in the wrong direction and was in considerable pain. He had to be helped off the floor, and immediately left for the locker room and then the hospital to get an MRI.
A few hours later, the team released a statement saying he had torn his ACL in his left knee which will require surgery according to reports, placing him on the shelf for the rest of the season, which is sure to disappoint many Knicks fans.
He could potentially miss the start of next season as well, as we have recently seen two players only just return after tearing their ACL's last February.
Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine tore his ACL while playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves on February 3, 2017, but only made his return to the court last month on January 13. Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker appeared in his first game of the season last Friday since his ACL tear on February 8, 2017.
This also means the NBA will need to find another replacement All-Star player, this time to Team LeBron. Porzingis was going to represent the Eastern Conference in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, as well as participate in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge.
It also another major injury to a big name in the league, as the Boston Celtics' lost Gordon Hayward just minutes into the first game of the year, followed by the New Orleans Pelicans losing DeMarcus Cousins near the end of January due to his Achilles, and the Cleveland Cavaliers losing Kevin Love due to a broken hand in early February.
The Knicks' first game without Porzingis will be on Thursday when they visit Toronto to play against the Raptors.News Now - Sport News