Published: Wed, February 07, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Kristaps Porzingis suffers torn ACL

Kristaps Porzingis suffers torn ACL

The New York Knicks and the National Basketball Association suffered a massive loss on Tuesday night, when star big man Kristaps Porzingis went down with a torn ACL. He immediately grabbed his left leg in pain and had to be helped off the court by teammates.

He played no further part in the game and an MRI scan later confirmed he had torn ligaments in his left knee, the Knicks said. Porzingis, a 7-foot-3 forward from Latvia, has thrived as the team's centerpiece, averaging 22.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and a league-leading 2.4 blocks per game this season. Named to his first All-Star Game in 2018, Porzingis was in the midst of a career year for a frustrating Knicks squad. Here's what the injury could mean for NY and the All-Star long-term.

The Knicks scored the next nine points and pulled within 12 points on a pair of occasions in the final quarter, but never got any closer.

In addition to missing the rest of this season, Porzingis will probably see his rehab extend well into the 2018-19 campaign.

The New York Knicks lost a game and their star player Tuesday night. After the game, the Knicks themselves would confirm. An MRI revealed a torn ACL, abruptly ending Porzingis' season.

Before the injury, Dellavedova had been enjoying a marked improvement in game time under new coach Joe Prunty, who replaced the sacked Jason Kidd last month. But there's no reason to believe Porzingis won't make a full recovery, and the Knicks were always a couple big drafts away from putting together a perennial playoff team.

The other question the Knicks face is what to do with Porzingis himself, since he's eligible for a contract extension this coming fall.

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