For the New York Knicks, wins have been hard to come by nowadays at Madison Square Garden, but Tuesday’s 87-81 victory over the Indiana Pacers came with a sour note. Just 29 seconds into the fourth quarter, the arena went silent as their prized unicorn Kristaps Porzingis laid on the hardwood in clear pain, grasping his thigh.
The 7-foot-3 forward was forced to leave the game and did not return, giving plenty of reason for concern. He was later diagnosed with a bruised left thigh after attempting to rise for a lob and catching a knee from Monta Ellis on his way up.
The Knicks took a 10-point deficit at halftime and clamped down on defense for the last two quarters, limiting the Pacers to a mere 29 points the rest of the game.
Star forward Carmelo Anthony found his rhythm as Porzingis departed, pouring in a game-high 22 points, including 15 in the fourth. He also grabbed 13 rebounds.
Porzingis has had his share of injuries in the second half of the season after a promising start to the 2016-17 campaign. The Knicks should provide an update on his availability for Thursday’s game in the morning.