The New York Knicks, heading into their game with the Orlando Magic on Monday night, had to be thinking that they could be on the verge of turning things around after a less-than-pleasing beginning to the 2013-14 NBA season. Not only have the Knicks been more competitive as of late, but they also seemed to be in the final stages of getting healthy.
The Knicks got center Tyson Chandler back last Wednesday after missing 20 games due to injury. On Monday, the Knicks got another key piece to their rotation back as point guard Raymond Felton, who had missed the last six games with a hamstring injury, returned to action. Having two of their starters back, things looked like they could be changing for the better in the Big Apple.
In terms of strictly winning or losing, Monday night turned out in the Knicks’ favor. Shooting well from three and overall, as well as coughing up the ball just nine times, New York was able to cruise to a 103-98 victory, their ninth of the season. However, on a grander scheme this game did not work in New York’s favor.
Injuries started cropping up again, starting with star forward Carmelo Anthony in the third quarter with what is initially being called a sprained left ankle. Even if everyone else on the roster is playing well and healthy, this Knicks team has a much lower ceiling when Melo is inactive which seems like a possibility with a sprained ankle.
However, losing Anthony isn’t the only blow that the Knicks were dealt on Monday as Felton was injured again, this time hurting his groin late in the fourth quarter. The injury seemed relatively serious, which makes the outlook for this Knicks team a little grimmer.
The Knicks haven’t been good this season and that’s no secret. However, there had to be some hope that getting this team healthy would spurn on some kind of run or something. After Monday, though, that potential run is going to be put on hold a little longer, which might mean that a run won’t matter.