Things are really looking up for the New York Knicks. In the span of one week, they’ve lost Kenyon Martin to an abdominal strain, Raymond Felton to a hamstring injury, and now Pablo Prigioni and Amar’e Stoudemire. Last night, Prigioni tripped over his own feet and ended up suffering a hairline fracture in his big toe. And today, it’s been announced that Stoudemire has knee swelling and will be out “a while.”
Beginning with Prigioni, there are two schools of thought: make a trade, quick, because the Knicks now only have Beno Udrih and Toure’ Murry to play point guard; or wait, don’t panic, because Prigioni and Felton will both be back in 2-3 weeks, and Udrih, Murry, and even Iman Shumpert could handle the position until then.
Either way, Prigioni’s injury is both sad and ill-timed. Prigioni has the best percentage from behind the arc for the Knicks and his insertion in lineups almost automatically ensures better passing and offensive efficiency. At 36-years old, the Knicks need to be cautious about bringing Prigioni back too early, since he may take longer to heal.
In regards to Stoudemire: who didn’t see this coming? Stoudemire was placed on a minutes and games restriction early in the season, and it’s slowly been lifted. Letting him play more minutes and games is a good idea because it clearly gave him some rhythm in the game. However, the Knicks were so obviously overdoing it, it was quite certain Stoudemire was going to aggravate something. He’s played the last seven games, totaling 146 minutes in the process. He is out for tomorrow’s game, and Mike Woodson’s “a while” diagnosis doesn’t seem promising.
This season hasn’t quite turned out as planned….