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Sunday / August 19.
  • Knicks lose Kristaps Porzingis to torn ACL; ‘It’s sad, man,’ Carmelo Anthony says

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis’ dunk wasn’t spectacular, certainly nothing like Giannis Antetokounmpo jumping over Tim Hardaway Jr. for a slam.

    But the moment he landed, punching the court in pain , the Knicks’ playoff hopes had likely crumpled right along with him.

    Porzingis tore the ACL in his left knee Tuesday night in the Knicks’ 103-89 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

    He faces a 6-9 month recovery and will miss the NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 18.

    Antetokounmpo scored 23 points, jumping over Hardaway for one high-flying slam after Porzingis had dunked over him earlier in the game.

    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.

    “More than a basketball player, he’s my brother,” Knicks center Enes Kanter said. “I don’t want to see anyone going down like that hurting his knee. He’s about to be an All-Star. I’m just going to pray for him tonight. He is the most important part of our family.”

    Courtney Lee added 14 points for the Knicks, who have lost four straight, tying their longest skid of the season.

    “I think went K.P. went down, it kind of deflated us some,” Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said. “He is a big part of the things we do. No one is going to feel sorry for you when your guys are out, so you have to step it up.”

    Carmelo Anthony, Porzingis’ former teammate, said he felt for Porzingis as a friend, and a brother.

    “Yea, it’s sad, man. It’s sad,” Anthony said when asked about Porzingis.

    “I wanted to reach out to him, but I’ll reach out to him tonight. It’s just sad to know that injury, the type of year he’s been having, the growth that he’s had over the past couple years and even this season.”

    He added that the two remain close despite Anthony’s trade from the Knicks to the Thunder in September.

    “As a friend, as a little brother—to see anybody go through that—but to see him have to deal with that, it’s tough to see and tough to watch,” he said.

    LeBron James also Tweeted his best wishes.

    Photo: AP

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.