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Kristaps Porzingis suffers torn ACL in left knee

Kristaps Porzingis

New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis clutches his knee after a fall during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)


Let’s just sim to the end of this season. Another NBA star has suffered a serious injury.

According to the New York Knicks, star big man Kristaps Porzingis has suffered a torn ACL in his left knee.

This comes after Porzingis was helped off the floor during Tuesday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks at MSG. Porzingis went up for a dunk with Giannis Antetokounmpo defending and when he landed, appeared to tweak his knee in the wrong direction.

Porzingis had to be helped off the floor, and immediately left to the locker room and then the hospital to get an MRI.

A few hours later, the team released a statement saying Porzingis had torn his ACL.

Via Twitter:

This means the NBA will need to name yet another replacement All-Star, this time to Team LeBron. Porzingis was slated to represent the Eastern Conference in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game. Porzingis was also going to participate in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge.

This is yet another in a long string of injuries to major stars this season, starting with Gordon Hayward just minutes into the first game of the year, DeMarcus Cousins and his Achilles, and Kevin Love breaking his hand in early February.

We’ll wait on an official timeline for Porzingis, but it seems likely he could miss the start of the 2018-19 NBA season as he rehabs from his ACL tear.