On Thursday night, the New York Knicks were looking to rebound from a loss this Tuesday to the Charlotte Bobcats on the second night of a back-to-back. After a tumultuous start to the 2013-14 NBA season, the Knicks had won five straight coming into that contest with Charlotte. Facing off against the East-leading Indiana Pacers provided them an opportunity to get back on the winning side of things and make a statement as well.
There was no statement to be made, though, as the Pacers throttled the Knicks. New York shot just 40 percent from the floor and only 4-19 from three while allowing the Pacers to hit 50 percent of their field goal attempts and shoot 10-23 from beyond-the-arc. Given that, the 117-89 win for the Pacers was hardly a surprising result.
However, the worst part for the Knicks, though, wasn’t the fact that they were blown out, but the fact that they lost two of their key rotation players. Both Kenyon Martin and Amar’e Stoudemire suffered sprained ankles that ended their nights against the Pacers on Thursday, depleting their reserve frontcourt a great deal.
While the Knicks have looked better and have played with noticeably more spirit as of late, giving Stoudemire and Martin’s minutes to guys like Jeremy Tyler and Cole Aldrich can’t be a promising notion for New York in the near future, even if there isn’t a timetable for either injury at the current moment.
Though it’s not as devastating as someone like Carmelo Anthony going down with an injury, the Knicks can ill-afford to be without guys who play consistent minutes right now. They aren’t just a team that’s trying to maintain, but a team that’s trying to improve off of their performance already this season. For their sake, let’s hope these injuries aren’t too serious.