Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles tore his ACL in his left knee on Sunday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The injury occurred as Ingles was driving to the basket.
No one touched him as he crumppled to the floor in pain.
In the second quarter of the Jazz’s 126-106 loss at the Target Center, Ingles went to drive to the hoop against Jordan McLaughlin.
As Ingles reached the paint and planted with his left leg, his left knee completely gave out.
He was down for several minutes, and a stretcher was brought out for him.
Fortunately, he got up and was helped off the court by his teammates.
Ingles will have surgery in the next few weeks with an expected recovery timeline extending into the start of next season, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported.
Ingles will be a free agent after this season.
Ingles is expected to have surgery within the next two weeks, sources said. He’s in the final year of his contract with the Jazz and was the league’s runner-up for the Sixth Man Award a season ago. https://t.co/VVZEaUA4JC
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 31, 2022
The video of his injury is here:
Joe Ingles goes down with a knee injury in Minnesota. pic.twitter.com/AvsIlZQNyh
— David James (@DavidDJJames) January 31, 2022
Ingles finished with three assists and three rebounds in 12 minutes before the injury.
Joe Ingles entered Sunday’s game averaging 7.4 points and 2.9 rebounds per game this season, his eighth in the league.
The 34-year-old has one of the more impressive runs in recent NBA history and has avoided serious injury for nearly his entire career.
Ingles, who is on a one-year, $13 million deal, has played a full 82-game season three times and had a streak of 384 consecutive games played.
The Jazz have now lost five straight and 11 of their past 13.
Coach Quin Snyder entered the league’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols ahead of the game, leaving assistant Alex Jensen to run the team in his place.