All-star forward Kristaps Porzingis tore his ACL during the New York Knicks’ game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
It has been a rough few decades for Knicks fans. In recent years, one of the only true bright spots was the emergence of Kristaps Porzingis.
The Latvian unicorn was a somwhat-controversial draft pick by Phil Jackson. Now, he may be the lasting positive impact of an otherwise-poor era for the franchise.
At 7-foot-3, Porzingis is one of the most exciting young players in the NBA. The 22-year old combines range out beyond the three-point arc with impressive rim protection.
This year, he is averaging 22.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game. He is shooting over 39-percent from three-point range.
Porzingis made his first All-Star game this season. He will almost definitely not be playing in it now.
Against the Bucks, Porzingis had a nasty dunk over fellow-superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo. He came down awkwardly after the slam.
Video of the play is below. Via The Knicks Wall podcast:
A better look:
Nothing graphic, but an awkward landing for sure.
Get well soon, Kristaps. pic.twitter.com/uLNrAoRpFM
— The Knicks Wall (@TheKnicksWall) February 7, 2018
Now, Knicks fans’ deepest fears have been realized. The team has announced that Porzigis suffered a torn ACL.
Medical Update: An MRI confirmed that Kristaps Porzingis tore the ACL in his left knee.
— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) February 7, 2018
As he left Madison Square Garden, Porzingis reportedly said that he was “okay,” and walked under his own power. However, with a tear, it seems overwhelmingly unlikely that he will return this season.
At 23-32, the Knicks currently sit in 11th place in the Eastern Conference, and five games outside of the playoffs. The Knicks lost to fifth-place Milwaukee tonight 103-89.