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Knicks Superstar Kristaps Porzingis Has Torn ACL

kristaps porzings during a game with the knicks

PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 26: Kristaps Porzingis #6 of the New York Knicks during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on January 26, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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:

Now, Knicks fans' deepest fears have been realized. The team has announced that Porzigis suffered a torn ACL.

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.