New York Knicks lose Kristaps Porzingis with torn ACL

Last Updated: 2018-02-07

Coming into last night’s NBA action, the New York Knicks (23-32) were four games out of the final spot for the NBA Playoffs. Although they weren’t playing their best ball, the Knicks would have had ample opportunity to turn the season around and make the postseason. Unfortunately, the playoff dream may have died in the first half against the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night. Porzingis landed awkwardly after dunking on Giannis Antetokounmpo and quickly grabbed his left knee with two hands.

A short time later, an MRI confirmed that Porzingis did indeed tear his ACL. Now, his 2017-18 season is over. Furthermore, Porzingis will likely miss the start of next season and probably won’t be back in action until 2019. That’s truly unfortunate for a Knicks team that’s trying upgrade their entire organization.

Porzingis led the Knicks with 22.7 points per game. He was the only 20-point scorer on the team. Due to various ailments, he only played in 48 of the 55 games. However, those rest games didn’t save Porzingis from a major injury. Furthermore, starting the season earlier and spacing out the games didn’t help Porzingis or a multitude of other all-stars from sustaining serious injuries over the past month. Porzingis was only shooting 44 percent from the field when his season ended. He’s shooting a respectable 39 percent from 3-point range. However, Porzingis only made 45.5 percent of his 2-point shots. It’s something he could have improved over the last 25 games, but that will have to wait until next year, hopefully.

Many people expect the Knicks to dump the season now. They are (1-6) in games that Porzingis has missed. Therefore, we don’t know what this team will look like after Thursday’s trade deadline. Still, it’s better for the Knicks to continue their winning ways. They have done enough losing and tanking the rest of the year won’t help at all. As a result, this could be a big opportunity for Michael Beasley to take a prominent role if he remains with the team for the rest of the season. Meanwhile, Tim Hardaway Jr. must bounce back from his injuries to start playing like he did early in the season.

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