During Tuesday’s 103-89 home loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, the New York Knicks suffered a major setback as their 22 year old superstar, Kristaps Porzingis, tore his ACL in his left knee. This injury will keep him out for at least 10 months after he has surgery to repair his knee.
Porzingis has taken the league by storm, as he has been dubbed a “unicorn” by Kevin Durant. Porzingis is a 7-foot-3 playmaker, which is not normally seen in the NBA. He was averaging 22.7 points per game, 6.6 rebounds per game, and a league-leading 2.4 blocks per game.
This injury is coming at the worst possible time for the Knicks as they are in the battle for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks are currently five games behind the Philadelphia 76ers for that last spot. With 27 games remaining, the Knicks do have the fourth-easiest rated schedule going forward but without Porzingis, those playoff hopes go up in flames.
Knicks Head Coach, Jeff Hornacek, spoke after the game “It’s deflating because he’s a big part of what we’re trying to build around. A lot of stuff runs through him.” The Knicks’ offense runs through Porzingis, and without him, the Knicks will have to lean on Jarrett Jack, Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee, and Enes Kanter…it’s going to be a long finish to this season if you’re a Knicks fan.
Please follow me on Twitter for more NBA and NFL coverage: @John_Pentol_