Fate has dealt the New York Knicks another cruel blow, with a significant injury occurring in a pretty insignificant game against the Orlando Magic. Then again, every game has a lot of significance at this point in the season for New York, as they have gotten off to one of the most disappointing starts to the season of any team in the NBA.
This horrendous start to the season has seemingly gotten much worse for the Knicks, as they could potentially be without the best player from the starting lineup when they face arguably the best team in the Western Conference, the Oklahoma City Thunder. Obviously, the Knicks have very little chance of beating the Thunder on their home floor, but if Carmelo Anthony can’t play, New York has no chance at all.
In what has become a common theme this season, the Knicks appeared to be playing some of their best basketball of the season against the Magic, but the situation in that game took a sudden turn in a negative direction. After building a 25-point lead in the game, Anthony suffered an ankle injury that caused the Knicks to struggle for a five point victory in Orlando on Monday night.
Anthony’s ankle injury has put the possibility of a Christmas Day scoring showdown with Kevin Durant in jeopardy. Anthony is currently listed as a game-time decision, and if he cannot go, the Knicks may as well prepare themselves for one of their ugliest games of the season.
Considering how this season has gone for New York, it almost seems fitting that an injury would eliminate any chance the they had of playing in a competitive game in front of a national television audience. On a positive note, when the Thunder and Knicks tip off, fans everywhere can use that time to spend some quality time with their families instead of watching the Knicks get massacred by Oklahoma City.