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Knicks (39-26) vs Magic (18-50)
730PM/ET on MSG
After a dreadful West Coast road trip, in which the Knicks dropped as many bodies as games, they managed to avoid a sweep by scoring a win against the Utah Jazz. But it wasn’t all good. After one helluva performance against the Jazz, the warrior that is Kurt Thomas reportedly has a stress fracture in his right foot and will miss 2-4 weeks. Also, Tyson Chandler’s neck injury was diagnosed as a neck strain. He’s expected to miss another week. So if you’re keeping track, including Amar’e Stoudemire and Rasheed Wallace, that’s four seven-footers missing crucial time. Marcus Camby is technically available but I feel like he’s one false move away from being added to the sick and the shut in list. Coach Mike Woodson needs to continue to monitor his playing time, especially if we may not have Thomas, STAT, or Wallace for the playoffs. While he’s shown his age, 38, the majority of the season, against the Portland Trailblazers, he surprisingly proved that he’s not completely a shell of his former self. But not expecting him to contribute too much will be key to keeping him “healthy” down the stretch.
Now for the good news.
Melo’s back and optimistic that his injury won’t be an issue. Although the Knicks tried to avoid draining the knee, that was the best call. While Melo is feeling good going into tonight’s game, expecting him to be 100% is unreasonable. It’s been almost two weeks since he’s been dealing with his bizzare fluid in the knee turned hamstring injury. It’ll take some time for him to get comfortable again. Until his shot is back for good, the Knicks must continue to rely on Chris Copeland and Kenyon Martin. Offensively, Copeland has answered when called upon. Over the last five games, he’s averaged 11.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in 23 minutes. And K-Mart continues to do exactly what’s required, pose a threat around the perimeter as well as in the paint. If he were able to do that while keeping his fouls to a minimum, we’d really be cooking. I also think with Melo back in the lineup, J.R. Smith can settle back into his old role of chucking up shots whenever he wants. While Melo was out, we needed Smith to be more of a facilitator because he was our number one scoring option, but that’s not his..um…strength?
Although some key players are still out, the Knicks are on the road to recovery. Having Melo back will make a huge difference. Everyone can return to doing what they’re most comfortable doing, whatever that may be.
As for the lottery bound Magic, there’s not much to see there, folks. They’re in a world of hurt since losing Dwight Howard and receiving hardly anything in return. But after playing the best of the west, a cellar dweller like the Magic is exactly the type of opponent the Knicks need to get their mojo back.
Melo will be back in the building and the team will feed off of his energy. Plus, the Magic are just a bad, bad team. Knicks win.
Knicks @ Raptors, 7PM/ET on MSG
Legendary DJ and producer Pete Rock is taking over the Knicks twitter handle tonight. This twitter takeover stunt has been hit or miss all season, but I have a good feeling about tonight. Maybe it’s because I already know what to expect since I follow Pete Rock on twitter and during Knicks games. In any event, follow the Knicks @nyknicks and me too, @sdotrenee.
Also, Patrick Ewing is joining the Knicks post-game broadcast team tonight.
It’s about time the Knicks threw Ewing an edible bone, as opposed to a BS D-League coaching job. I’m one of those Knicks fans under the belief that until they stop acting cold toward Ewing, nothing good will happen for us. These are baby steps towards reversing the curse. This is good.
BEST OF MAXIM
The Knicks wouldn’t have defeated the Jazz Monday night without the efforts of Kurt Thomas. Sure, he only scored six points and injured himself after playing a season high 26 minutes, but at the age of 40, his heart and hustle was used as motivation for the rest of the team. Still, no matter how old he gets, his post defense is not to be ignored and the elbow jay is automatic...
Kurt Thomas wasn't sure he would even play Monday night after X-rays showed a bone spur in his right foot.
The New York Knicks veteran forward not only played, he earned a game ball for a gutsy, 27-minute effort that included six points, three rebounds and a season-high three blocks in a 90-83 victory over the Utah Jazz.
''Our defense really shined tonight, especially...
And Knicks also say MRI of Kurt Thomas’ rt foot revealed an acute stress reaction/ a chronic stress fracture in navicular bone. 2-4 weeks.
— Alan Hahn (@alanhahn) March 19, 2013
Knicks say an MRI of Tyson’s Chandler cervical spine revealed a small bulging disc. He is expected to miss approximately a week.
— Alan Hahn (@alanhahn) March 19, 2013
Peter A – Knickswag...
Kurt Thomas played with the foot injury on Monday.
Knicks fear Kurt Thomas may have a stress fracture which would end his season. He’ll go for an MRI on his right foot when team returns home.
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) March 18, 2013
If it turns out that KT is done for the year, what are the Knicks options? If I am GM of this injury plagued team, you would have to release KT and look for the next ” big” available. With...
The New York Knicks continue to face significant blows to their roster. The latest to join the list of the injured are Tyson Chandler and Kurt Thomas, according to Newsday.The team announced on Tuesday that a MRI revealed a small, bulging disk in his neck. He will take the next week off to recover. For the season, the All-Star is averaging 10.7 points on an extremely efficient 64...
Today the New York Knicks announced that Tyson Chandler will be out for 1 week or more with a bulging disc in his neck and Kurt Thomas will be out for 2-4 weeks with foot issues (stress fracture).
Many thoughts have gone through my head, but my real thoughts I cannot express in words. From 2010/11 playoffs when Amar’e hurt his back in warm ups, the Knicks injury bug has hit real...
The Knicks’ injury woes continue to pile up. On Tuesday the Knicks announced that they will be without Kurt Thomas (foot) and Tyson Chandler (neck) for some time. An MRI revealed a small bulging disc in Tyson Chandler’s neck and he is expected to miss 1 week, and Thomas will miss more time with a stress reaction/stress fracture in his right foot.
According to Alex Raskin,...
Since our last bench report, the New York Knicks have limped their way to an overall record of 2-2 in the past week. They salvaged one win on their west coast trip from hell, winning in Utah in what will forever be remembered as the “Kurt Thomas” game. They then returned home to the Garden last night and got an expected but nonetheless a much needed win against the dismal Orlando...
Photo via Jason Szenes/New York Times
Knicks (38-26) @ Jazz (34-32)
1030PM/ET on MSG, ESPN
Today, the Knicks released a few injury updates. According to ESPNNewYork.com, “Melo will miss his fifth game in the Knicks’ past seven with a right leg injury. Anthony also said that the fluid drained from his right leg late last week was not from a knee issue but one...
The New York Knicks have finally returned from the road trip from hell. Five games…four lopsided losses…three major injuries. Yet, a silver lining at the end with a gritty road victory over the Utah Jazz. They didn’t lay down and die, they slapped together a full team effort for a critical March victory. 27 minutes from Kurt Thomas with 3 blocks? 31 minutes from Chris Copeland...
On February 22, I posted an article comparing the advantages of age and experience versus those of youth and athleticism that has been so applicable to the New York Knicks all season. Now, just one month later, it is time to revisit that debate because in the case of the 2012-2013 Knicks it appears that the issue may be more clear.
To refresh your memory, this Knicks team is the...
The injury bug continues to bite the Knicks hard. With so many players having to take a step back due to various knee injuries, it's almost as though there's an evil Heat fan just poking a few Knickerbocker voodoo dolls in his basement.Nevertheless, though Carmelo Anthony may hope to be in uniform against Orlando on Wednesday, New York still announced that they'll be...
By, Kenneth Teape – Knickswag Contributor
Post Game Recap
Final Score: Knicks: 90 Jazz: 83
It was a tough trip for the Knicks, who lost the first four games by an average of 20 points and numerous players, but they were able to pull together and get a victory in Utah to end the road trip. It was a much needed victory for the Knicks who will head back to New York with some good...
Game time: 7:30 p.m. ETTV: FOX Sports Florida
Carmelo Anthony could be back for the New York Knicks, who have now lost a player who helped them to victory their last time out.
Anthony hopes to return Wednesday night at home when the Knicks will be without Kurt Thomas as they look to complete their first season sweep of the Orlando Magic in 15 years.
Anthony has missed three straight...