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Kristaps Porzingis Tears ACL, Dooming Knicks

08 February 2018

It was later revealed through an MRI that he tore his ACL. This injury most likely removes any playoff hopes for the team and the future of the franchise hinges upon how well Porzingis can come back from this injury.

General manager Scott Perry addressed the media Wednesday and provided little clarity. We want to continue to fight. It's worth taking a flier on either of them - Beasley first - as we wait to see how New York's frontcourt rotation will shake out sans Porzingis and/or following the trade deadline. He dunked with 8:46 left in the half and landed awkwardly, crashing to the court and holding his left knee.

"Obviously, he's devastated that he has that injury", coach Jeff Hornacek said. "It's a tough thing to have happened. I just went up to get the ball".

NY was already facing a tough climb from 11th place in the Eastern Conference, and that would have been hard even with Porzingis carrying them.

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The only silver lining for the Knicks is making the playoffs weren't expected and the team has all their draft picks and can possibly become sellers before the Thursday's trade deadline.

Kristaps is only the latest National Basketball Association star player to be injured, along with John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, and Kevin Love.

The Bucks got off to a strong start right after the opening tip, but the Knicks quickly shook off their early rust to keep pace and eventually go ahead of the Bucks midway through the opening quarter.

"We were without second-round picks", Perry said, "and we value first-round picks and second-round picks, but we were without picks in 2020 and 2021. And we'll deal with that at the appropriate time".

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The more pressing questions that don't yet have definitive answers are these: When will Porzingis be ready to return to the court next season?

He was dealt from the Lakers to the Rockets last February, then sent back to Los Angeles in the summer as part of the deal for Chris Paul.

The harsh reality of seeing an underperforming team without a star player could ignite free agency moves this off-season as well as big trades on draft night.

PISTONS 115, NETS 106: Andre Drummond had 17 points and 27 rebounds, and host Detroit extended its winning streak to five. They are 2-0 against both the Knicks and Brooklyn Nets, with all four wins coming within the last 11 days.

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Kristaps Porzingis Tears ACL, Dooming Knicks