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Kristaps Porzingis suffers torn ACL and will be out for the season

08 February 2018

It's a devastating blow both to the playoff chances of the Knicks and to fantasy owners who invested an early-round pick in Porzingis and now must scramble to replace him.

An MRI revealed a torn left ACL, an injury that will sideline Porzingis for the rest of this season and perhaps a good deal of the next.

The Bucks lost the rebounding battle, 43-47, but held NY to just 41.6 per cent shooting from the field and 21.7 per cent from three-point range. He averaged a career-high 22.7 points per game in 48 contests.

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In 2019, when the Knicks were set to have significant cap space in a summer when several stars will hit the open market, the lure of playing with Porzingis as he entered his prime was going to be their strongest selling point.

According to ESPN's Ian Bagley "as of late Tuesday night, surgery for Porzingis had not been scheduled". What if NY is on his radar this summer?

Perry also stated that losing Porzingis has not altered his approach to Thursday's trade deadline.

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Whenever Kanter returns, he'll shoulder the heaviest load in the frontcourt moving forward. NY traded Anthony to the Thunder in September, making Porzingis the present and future face of the franchise in the process. A Knicks team clinging to an outside hope of pushing for the East's final postseason spot, and a fan base that's always been desperate for a reason to believe, will hope for a similar outcome this time, and wait with bated breath on the results of the MRI Porzingis will undergo later Tuesday. Porzingis suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during the Knicks' 103-89 home loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday (Wednesday AEDT).

The Knicks hopes to pair an elite college prospect in the 2018 draft alongside Porzingis, Ntilikina and Tim Hardaway Jr. The Knicks front office had made an effort to build a young core around Porzingis, viewed by many as a superstar-level player. If they still want to make it to the playoffs, the entire lineup though should step up their games and prove that they are more than just a one-man team. Perry said he's still trying to add more athleticism and talked to Orlando about penetrating point guard Elfrid Payton, whom he drafted for the Magic. Both Ntilikina (1.7 percent owned) and Burke (1.2 percent) are available in nearly all leagues at the moment, but both could emerge as potential difference-makers down the stretch as NY shifts into tank mode.

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Kristaps Porzingis suffers torn ACL and will be out for the season