Lost in the hype surrounding the surprising performances for the New York Knicks against the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets is the fact that New York is missing three key players from their rotation. It has been forgotten that the Knicks have been playing without their top two options at point guard since the middle of December, and the idea that the Knicks would be able to compete against the Spurs and Rockets is pretty remarkable.
With that being said, Beno Udrih deserves a trip to an expensive restaurant or a gold Rolex from his teammates for the way he has held down the point guard responsibilities for the Knicks. Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni are both on the injured list, so Udrih really never had a suitable backup for this stretch.
Udrih has handled the pressure very well, and he should be able to retain his playing time once Felton and Prigioni are able to return. It’s unclear how the return of their two point guards will affect the Knicks’ performance, but it can’t hurt. Hopefully, New York will take their play to another level going down the stretch of the season with the prospects of finally getting to 100 percent as a team.
Felton appears to be close to returning as he traveled with New York on their Texas road trip, but Prigioni will be out for a little longer. The Knicks have also been without Metta World Peace, and he has no timetable for return. After two impressive performances to begin the new year, the Knicks finally have some good news to look forward to on the injury report.