Giannis dunks over Knicks | who lose Porzingis to torn ACL

NBA Predictions: Will Bucks vs. Knicks turn into Defensive Struggle? 2/6/18

Knicks coaches and medical personnel came over to attend to Porzingis on the baseline. Here's what the injury could mean for NY and the All-Star long-term.

We'll update this post with new information about Porzingis' status as it becomes available. His left ankle seemed to buckle on the play.

"An MRI confirmed that Kristaps Porzingis tore the ACL in his left knee", the club said.

Porzingis went up for a dunk with Antetokounmpo defending him, but the Latvian landed awkwardly, tweaking his knee in the wrong direction and was in considerable pain. Enes Kanter re-opened a cut in his mouth Tuesday and had it restitched Wednesday, according to ESPN.com's Ian Begley, putting his status for Thursday's game against the Toronto Raptors up in the air.

Anthony and Porzingis spent two seasons as teammates with the Knicks from 2015 to 2017. He's about to be an All-Star.

NBA Predictions: Will Bucks vs. Knicks turn into Defensive Struggle? 2/6/18

"I'll reach out to him tonight", he said. "He is obviously a very important member of this basketball team and this organization and a part of this NY community".

Porzingis is 22 years old and is in the midst of his best season as a pro, averaging career-highs of 22.7 points and a league-leading 2.4 blocks per game while shooting 39.3 percent from the 3-point line.

The injury is a devastating blow for the Knicks, who are still in the hunt for a playoffs berth in the Eastern Conference with a 23-32 record, just five games behind the Phildelphia 76ers. If New York made a decision to wait and offer Porzingis an extension in the summer of 2019, it would create an additional $10 million in cap space for the club that summer.

Even with Porzingis healthy and playing well the Knicks chances at a playoff spot going into February 6th vs. Milwaukee were slim to none. All of them were chosen for the All-Star game to play for Team LeBron. He will have surgery to fix the injury in the coming days, though it hasn't yet been scheduled. Kanter revealed after the game that he will need oral surgery to fix a gash in his mouth that was being held together by stitches.

The club had been comfortable with the idea of offering Porzingis an extension this summer. It is unclear at this point if that is the definitive plan going forward. All I can tell you is if you are a Knicks fan is to hope and pray, and maybe for the first time in nearly two decades Knicks fans prayers will finally be answered, maybe.

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