Phoenix Suns forward Dario Saric suffered a torn ACL in his right knee in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, the team announced Wednesday.
The team said he is out indefinitely.
“It’s one of those situations that literally breaks your heart,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “Dario is a guy I’ve worked with twice. I coached him in Philadelphia, and to get a chance to be with him here, he’s what Suns basketball is all about. Hardworking, amazing guy, and I was really looking forward to it. play in these Finals.
“And playing for a few minutes and having that kind of injury, it was kind of hard to hear this morning.”
Saric drove on Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez late in the first quarter Tuesday night and his right knee appeared to buckle when he planted his feet in the paint.
He left the game with 1:43 left in the quarter and had to be helped off the court to the Suns locker room, finishing with a rebound and a missed shot in two minutes of play.
The five-year veteran reached the Finals averaging 4.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in 11.1 minutes per game during the Suns’ postseason.
The team has relatively little depth up front and turned to Torrey Craig and Frank Kaminsky to fill most of Saric’s minutes in a 118-105 victory in Game 1.
Craig has been a regular part of the game rotation, but Kaminsky hasn’t had much time in the postseason.
ESPN’s Dave McMenamin and The Associated Press contributed to this report.