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Kristaps Porzingis is set to undergo season-ending surgery after he suffered a torn ACL in Tuesday night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks, and the timetable for his recovery is not yet known. According to one report, it could spill into next season.

Dr. David Chao, an orthopedic surgeon and former NFL team doctor, speculates that Porzingis is unlikely to be ready for the start of the 2018-2019 season. The Knicks have already confirmed that the star forward tore his ACL, but it is not yet known if Porzingis also tore his meniscus and/or suffered any additional ligament damage. Either way, Chao says Porzingis is unlikely to be fully recovered in eight months.

Porzingis is one of the best young players in the NBA, and he was averaging a career-best 22.9 points and 2.4 blocks per game in his third season. The Knicks are 23-32 and probably were not heading for the playoffs, but this will set them back even further.

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