The New York Knicks were dealt a devastating blow when the team learned Kristaps Porzingis will be lost for the rest of the season.
During Tuesday night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Porzingis left the game early with an apparent knee injury. An MRI revealed that the injury was 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
Sources: Knicks All-Star Kristaps Porzingis is scheduling season-ending surgery on torn ACL in his knee, with return timetable after procedure.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 7, 2018
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
— Kristaps Wobzingis (@World_Wide_Wob) February 7, 2018
This will mark a very unfortunate end to what would’ve been his first year an NBA All-Star. In his third season in the league, Porzingis averaged 22.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and 2.4 blocks per game on 43.7 percent shooting from the field and 39.2 percent from beyond the arc.
The injury is a crushing blow for a franchise that was planning to build on a young core centered around the 22-year-old Porzingis.
Before Porzingis went down, the Knicks remained hopeful of making a playoff run and planned to operate at the deadline with intentions of remaining competitive. With Porzingis hurt, the Knicks (23-32) probably will change those plans and look to play young players such as Frank Ntilikina and Trey Burke more often in the final 27 games.
The only silver lining for the Knicks is making the playoffs weren’t expected and the team has all their draft picks and can possibly become sellers before the Thursday’s trade deadline.
The season is lost but all don’t have to be for the Knicks long term.