Knicks All-Star F Kristaps Porzingis Leaves Game With Apparent Knee Injury

Kristopher Nichols
February 8, 2018

But a winter swoon soon started, and now the Knicks look more like the punchline they've been for much of this millennium, only this time, it's more sad than amusing.

An MRI revealed a torn left ACL, an injury that will sideline Porzingis for the rest of this season and perhaps a good deal of the next.

In an announcement via the franchise's official Twitter account, the Knicks provided the most devastating news of the season: Porzingis has torn the ACL in his left knee. 'Best wishes and have a speedy healthy recovery'. "He is the most important part of our family", said Kanter, who was traded to NY from Oklahoma City previous year. But the injury does reset New York's clock in a sense.

This one is predicted to be close, with the Knicks given just a 1.5 point head start by oddsmakers. NY can continue to rebuild around him, but it wouldn't be surprising to not see Porzingis playing his usual minutes for at least a calendar year.

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"Was hoping for the best news when I saw the play after the game", James tweeted.

Courtney Lee added 14 points for the Knicks, who have lost four straight, tying their longest losing streak of the season.

Disappointment could be felt not only in NY but around the National Basketball Association. Bledsoe ended up with twenty-eight points, six assists, four rebounds, one steal and three threes with 4 turnovers in 32 minutes. This enables the team to move certain pieces, like Willy Hernangomez, whom the team reportedly traded to the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday, for assets and potential draft picks. Still, what should have been Porzingis's year to take full control of what was happening on the court will instead end in all-too-familiar disappointment.

Those plans will be on hold after Porzingis came down awkwardly on the foot of Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo following a dunk against the Bucks. Porzingis immediately reached for his left knee upon coming to the floor.

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