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A torn ACL put Kristaps Porzingis in an unlucky club

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The New York Knicks’ star became the latest in a line of prominent players to face a serious, season-ending injury.

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The 2017-18 season ended for Kristaps Porzingis on Feb. 6 following an ACL tear during a game against the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden.
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On Tuesday Feb. 6, New York Knickerbocker star Kristaps Porzingis had his name added to a growing list of players felled by injury this season. The lucky ones will miss weeks or months and return to the court. Too many others, however, have long roads of recovery ahead of them that will extend well into the offseason, if not beyond it.

The following injury tracker includes players who have suffered injuries in the 2017-18 season that:

  • can be deemed catastrophic (unusual, freak happenings);
  • required or will require surgery;
  • ended or will end a player’s season; and/or
  • caused or will cause a star to miss two or more weeks of playing time.

Injury tracker: 2017-18 NBA season

Player Team Injury Status
Player Team Injury Status
Alexis Ajinca New Orleans Pelicans Knee injury/surgery Likely out for season
Lonzo Ball Los Angeles Lakers Ankle and knee injuries Out since Jan. 13
Jordan Bell Golden State Warriors Bone bruise Expected to miss 2-4 weeks
Malcom Brogdon Milwaukee Bucks Quad tendon tear Expected to miss 6-8 weeks
Isaiah Canaan Phoenix Suns Ankle fracture/surgery Out for season
Darren Collison Indiana Pacers Arthroscopic surgery, knee Expected to miss 2-3 weeks
Mike Conley Memphis Grizzlies Heel injury/surgery Out for season
DeMarcus Cousins New Orleans Pelicans Ruptured Achilles' tendon/surgery Out for season
Seth Curry Dallas Mavericks Tibia injury/surgery Out for season
Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors Ankle sprain Missed 11 games
Kris Dunn Chicago Bulls Concussion/broken teeth Spent 3 weeks in concussion protocol
Markelle Fultz Philadelphia 76ers Shoulder injury Missed 3+ months
Blake Griffin LA Clippers MCL sprain Missed 4 weeks
James Harden Houston Rockets Hamstring strain Missed 18 days
Gordon Hayward Boston Celtics Dislocated ankle/fractured tibia/surgery Hasn't played since game 1
Kawhi Leonard San Antonio Spurs Quad injury Out indefinitely
Jeremy Lin Brooklyn Nets Ruptured patellar tendon/surgery Out for season
Kevin Love Cleveland Cavaliers Hand fracture Expected to miss 6-8 weeks
Patrick McCaw Golden State Warriors Left wrist fracture Expected to miss 4 weeks
Chris Paul Houston Rockets Knee Missed 14 games
Kristaps Porzingis New York Knicks ACL tear/surgery Out for season/expected to miss start of 2018-19 season
Andre Roberson Oklahoma City Thunder Ruptured patellar tendon/surgery Out for season
D'Angelo Russell Brooklyn Nets Knee injury/surgery Hasn't played since Nov. 2017
Thabo Sefalosha Utah Jazz Knee injury/surgery Out for season
Dion Waiters Miami Heat Ankle injury/surgery Out for season
John Wall Washington Wizard Knee injury/surgery Expected to miss 6 weeks
Tamryn Spruill / Golden State of Mind

The preference, of course, would be for players in the league to remain healthy for the rest of the season. However (and most unfortunately), the current tide of injuries indicates that other players — at any time — could have their seasons derailed, too. Thus, this list will be updated accordingly, if/when future injuries occur.

Now, tell us what you think about the startling injury streak sweeping the league. Your votes and comments could appear in a future article!

Poll

Are there more injuries in the 2017-18 NBA season than in prior seasons you remember?

This poll is closed

  • 65%
    Yes
    (111 votes)
  • 22%
    Unsure
    (38 votes)
  • 12%
    No
    (21 votes)
170 votes total Vote Now

Poll

What is causing the current rash of injuries to key players?

This poll is closed

  • 12%
    82-game season
    (20 votes)
  • 56%
    Bigger, faster, stronger athletes, yet delicate tendons and ligaments
    (91 votes)
  • 8%
    Shorter preseason/training camp
    (14 votes)
  • 17%
    Team depth: Guys playing too many minutes per game
    (28 votes)
  • 4%
    Other: [Answer in the comments]
    (8 votes)
161 votes total Vote Now

UPDATES:

Feb. 14: Patrick McCaw added.