New York Knicks All-Star forward Kristaps Porzingis has suffered a torn ACL. The Latvian big man went down with a knee injury and eventually had to be helped off the court. Porzingis went up for a right-handed slam as Giannis Antetokounmpo went for the block. KP put the dunk down but his left leg buckled as he landed. He collapsed on the court and immediately grabbed the back of his knee.
A better look:
Nothing graphic, but an awkward landing for sure.
Get well soon, Kristaps. pic.twitter.com/uLNrAoRpFM
— The Knicks Wall (@TheKnicksWall) February 7, 2018
He had an MRI exam on the knee after the game. The team formally announced the diagnosis was a torn ACL after Kristaps underwent further testing.
Medical Update: An MRI confirmed that Kristaps Porzingis tore the ACL in his left knee.
— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) February 7, 2018
Porzingis, 22, was scheduled to play in his first NBA All-Star later this month in Los Angeles. In 47 contests this season he’s averaged a career-best 22.9 points per game with 6.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 32.8 minutes per game. For his career Porzingis 17.8 points with 7.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists.
Damn man praying for @kporzee that’s terrible news ??
Hope @kporzee ? is good. Just seeing the replay. Prayers ??????
— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) February 7, 2018
Damn!!! Get Well soon @kporzee . Praying on a speedy recovery
— Tim Hardaway Jr (@T_HardJR) February 7, 2018
Smdh at another injury 2 one of our games best players AGAIN—My Prayers are up for @kporzee
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) February 7, 2018
Go attack the injury @kporzee. Going to be some ups and downs, but it will make you better on and off the court?
— Zach LaVine (@ZachLaVine) February 7, 2018
This is getting crazy! Prayers all the way up for my guy @kporzee. I know he’s going to come back better than ever.
— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) February 7, 2018