As the New York Knicks attempt to extend their winning streak to 12 games Sunday afternoon, it’s a case of the same story that has plagued the Knicks all season long- more injuries, especially to their already thin frontcourt.
The Knicks have listed Kenyon Martin (sore left knee) and Marcus Camby (left plantar fasciitis) as doubtful for their game against the Thunder on Sunday afternoon in Oklahoma City.
Playing in Oklahoma City, where the Thunder are an impressive 33-5 on the season, certainly will represent the toughest challenge the Knicks have had to date on their current streak.
The Thunder have an impressive frontcourt which will be tough to matchup against as they start Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins, while bringing the likes of Nick Collison off the bench. The Knicks on the other hand could be without five big men: Martin, Camby, Amar’e Stoudemire, Rasheed Wallace and Kurt Thomas. That means Tyson Chandler, who has said he is feeling much better coming off of a neck injury, will have his hands full as the Knicks only healthy big man.
If Martin misses Sunday’s game, it will be the second consecutive game he has missed due to the knee, but Knicks head coach Mike Woodson called the reason for Martin’s rest “precautionary.”
“His knee is sore,” Woodson told ESPN’s Jared Zwerling. ”It could be because he didn’t have camp and he’s played a few back-to-back games. And when Tyson was out, I was playing him because I was desperate and didn’t know where else to go.”
As for Camby, this is expected by now as the free agent contract that the Knicks gave him during the offseason has turned into a bust as the veteran has played in only 24 of the Knicks 75 games this season.
The last time the two teams squared off the Knicks lost by one point, but were without the services of Carmelo Anthony, who sat out the game with a right knee injury.
Speaking of Anthony, he could pass Durant in the scoring race with a big game on Sunday as Durant is averaging 28.4 points per game, while ‘Melo is right on his heels at 28.3.
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