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Suns Entering Game 2 of the NBA Finals Without Dario Saric: ACL Injury Analysis

Suns Entering Game 2 of the NBA Finals Without Dario Saric: ACL Injury Analysis 1024 683 Taiwo Adeshigbin

Phoenix Suns Dario Saric will miss the rest of the NBA finals after MRI confirmed he suffered a torn ACL on Wednesday.

During Game 1 of the NBA finals, Saric was driving towards the paint, when he stopped and landed on a slightly inward-turned right knee, forcing him off the court in the first quarter. The most common way one injures their ACL is usually seen without contact when a player decelerates with their leg turned inwards. The ACL acts as a knee stabilizer with the following roles: preventing the shin bone from moving forward along the thigh bone, protecting against hyperextension injuries, and limiting the knee from collapsing inwards or outwards during activities (ex. landing, running, or turning directions) After this injury, one may report hearing a ‘snap or a pop’, followed by immediate swelling, pain, and difficulty walking on the leg because it feels as it wants to buckle or give way.

Saric, 27, will likely need surgery to regain his knee stability, missing the remainder of the NBA finals. But could he return for part of the 2021-22 NBA season?