Knicks star out for remainder of the season

Feb 08, 2018, 09:32
Knicks star out for remainder of the season

Kristaps Porzingis went down hard after a dunk over Giannis Antetokounmpo on Tuesday and suffered a torn ACL. Unfortunately, unless the rest of your leaguemates are asleep at the wheel, you aren't going to find someone on the waiver wire who's matching the 7-footer's 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, league-leading 2.4 blocks and 1.9 triples.

The Porzingis injury, of course, is devastating on several levels for New York: It robs Porzingis of time to develop as the No. 1 option in an National Basketball Association offense and prevents him from spending another summer gaining strength and working on other aspects of his game.

Courtney Lee had 14 points for the Knicks, who have lost four straight, tying their longest losing streak of the season. NY shipped third-string center Willy Hernangomez to the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday for Johnny O'Bryant and two second-round picks, according to ESPN.com's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Porzingis was injured in the second quarter of the Knicks' 103-89 home loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday.

"I'd hate to put a timetable on that because every player, every person's a little different in how they come back and respond, " Perry said.

BC-BKN-Knicks-Porzingis Out, 502Porzingis' hopes on hold after torn ACL ends All-Star seasonAP Photo MSG101, MSG102Eds: Will be updated. Porzingis just got hurt, much to the devastation of not only the National Basketball Association world but also the entire Knicks fanbase.

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

His return, if all is fixed without issues, should come around this time next year, which is more than halfway through the season.

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. Stay tuned for the latest Kristaps Porzingis injury update.

Porzingis had at least given NY reason to entertain playoff hopes in a season that started days after Carmelo Anthony was traded to Oklahoma City.

Following the deadline, NY plans to play younger athletes such as Frank Ntilikina and guard Trey Burke more often, sources said.

Porzingis is eligible for a five-year, $150-million contract extension this summer, which only adds more drama to his situation.

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