NEW YORK (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 23 points, jumping over Tim Hardaway Jr. for one high-flying slam, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the New York Knicks 103-89 on Tuesday night in a game that featured a knee injury to Kristaps Porzingis.
Porzingis was injured after crashing to the ground following a successful dunk with 8:46 left in the second quarter. The Knicks announced that he had a left knee injury and was undergoing further evaluation.
Eric Bledsoe also had 23 points and Khris Middleton added 20 for the Bucks, who are a season-high seven games over .500 >> Read more
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The story of this game is clearly Kristaps Porzingis and his knee. Porzingis threw down a dunk then fell awkwardly and was holding his knee. At the time, it looked pretty serious -- like a torn ACL. He's able to put pressure on it, but even with a torn ACL, you're able to put pressure on it. They call him "The Lizard," but it's almost impossible to imagine Porzingis returns any time soon.
Oh yeah, and the Knicks were dreadful in the second half from the get go. A once close game quickly turned into a blowout without their star and with Willy Hernangomez continuing to get the silent treatment from Jeff Hornacek, not even seeing the court tonight with KP down after he asked to be traded since he never gets to play. Oh yeah, Tim Hardaway Jr. also hurt his leg that was just injured.
With the trade deadline looming Thursday, Porzingis' health is a huge determinant to what the Knicks can and will do at the trade deadline. If Porzingis is out for the season, the Knicks may have to keep both Hernangomez and Kyle O'Quinn. A once deep frontcourt would vanish and tank mode would be in full effect. The Knicks already have almost no chance to make the playoffs. Without Porzingis, the losses will pile up and turn the Knicks into a top five pick contender. This could be getting uglier to watch.
Steal, slam, shimmy. pic.twitter.com/VCvxbUD5UZ- NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) February 7, 2018
Wingspan 📏 pic.twitter.com/2vanwyamSc- NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) February 7, 2018
The Raptors will host the Knicks on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.