New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis suffers torn ACL in left knee

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Porzingis will miss the rest of the season and could miss opening night of next season. Same with the playoffs. Porzingis was due to play his first NBA All-Star game later this month at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Porzingis crashed to the ground after his dunk with 8:46 left in the second quarter and was taken for an MRI exam that revealed his injury.

The 22-year-old Porzingis was named to his first All-Star team this season.

Tuesday night did not turn out to be a good one for the New York Knicks.

Towns sent out a tweet after shortly after hearing of the Porzingis news.

"Was hoping for the best news when I saw the play after the game", James wrote on Twitter.

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This also means the National Basketball Association will need to find another replacement All-Star player, this time to Team LeBron.

Kristaps Porzingis' dunk wasn't spectacular, certainly nothing like Giannis Antetokounmpo jumping over Tim Hardaway Jr. for a slam.

The Knicks entered their game against the Bucks four games out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference, having lost 10 of 14.

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. But now they are better off playing for the lottery than the playoffs, and any moves they make would likely be with that in mind. Veterans such as Jarett Jack and Courtney Lee should ride the bench more often then they have been (if they don't get traded by the deadline) so the Knicks can see what these young players have to offer the Knicks going into next season.

Porzingis averaged 22.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game this season. But Knicks general manager Scott Perry was impressed with Porzingis' approach to this major injury and believes he will more than rise to the challenge facing him. "Youth will be on his side in terms of his ability to heal and fight through this and come back bigger, better and stronger".

Now, some good news has emerged as it has been reported that the 6-foot-6 shooting guard is healthy enough to play on Thursday against the Toronto Raptors, after X-rays came back negative on his lower leg.