The Knicks are getting a healthy body back — that itself almost feels like a miracle. Maybe the Knicks are shipping in the team drinking water from Lourdes.
Carmelo Anthony is “probable” for return Wednesday night when the Knicks take on Orlando, the team announced.
Anthony missed a couple games with irritation in his knee, and when he tried to return and it was still stiff so he missed a few more games and had the fluid from his knee drained. He should be back close to 100 percent.
Which is good because the Knicks need their leading scorer. Right now Amare Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler and Kurt Thomas are all out. Chandler could be back in a week or so from the bulging disc in his back, the other two may be out until around the start of the playoffs. The Knicks are an older, banged-up team right now.
The Knicks are 4-6 in their last 10 games and have slipped to the three seed in the East, just one game up on the four-seed nets and three up on the five- seed Hawks. (They are also one game back of the two-seed Pacers.) Mike Woodson needs to find a way to build some momentum for the playoffs while getting players healthy and rested. Good luck with that. But getting Anthony and his shot creation back in the lineup certainly helps.
Knicks injuries pile up: Chandler out week, Thomas 2-4 weeks
Before the season when we all joked about the Knicks old roster, particularly the bench, this was the concern. Old bodies break down more. The Knicks front line was already short with Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony sidelined with knee issues (although Anthony should be back this week after getting his knee drained).
On top of that, the Knicks have been without center and defensive anchor Tyson Chandler for three games — and they will be without him at least another week, tweets Howard Beck of the New York Times.
Tyson Chandler has a small bulging disc in his spine and will miss about a week, Knicks announce.
So, Marcus Camby, how do you feel about 40 minutes a night? We are going to all get to see a lot of Kenyon Martin and Chris Copeland, as well.
Up to this point the Knicks have refused to waive Rasheed Wallace, who is unlikely to bounce back this season from a foot injury (that the Knicks called day-to-day pretty much the entire time). They may have to reconsider that plan. While the free agent big man market right now is pretty slim, the Knicks need bodies.
The Knicks host the Magic on Wednesday, have a home-and-home with Toronto over the weekend then travel to Boston next Tuesday. Looking at that now the shorthanded win in Utah on Monday looks huge.
Carmelo Anthony out, Chandler questionable for Knicks
Tyson Chandler is not expected to play Monday either (he is officially questionable). Nor is Kurt Thomas, who will get X-rays on his foot. And do we even need to mention Amare Stoudemire.
The Knicks have some serious issues, ones that go deeper than just them not being healthy, and if they want out of the first round of the playoffs they need to get them fixed. But they can’s solve the defense and other stuff until they do get healthy.
Blake Griffin finishes monster one-handed alley-oop in Clippers’ win over Knicks
We showed you DeAndre Jordan getting loose for a windmill jam on a fast break early in the Clippers’ win over the Knicks, and as it turned out, that was only the beginning of the highlight show.
Blake Griffin got his share of dunks along the way, none more exciting than this one-handed throwdowm off of a perfect lob pass from Chris Paul midway through the third period.
The dunks seemed to be even more plentiful than usual for the Clippers on Sunday, but with Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler both sidelined due to injury, New York was forced to play Kurt Thomas, Kenyon Martin, and Chris Copeland in the starting lineup. The result was pretty much what you’d expect.
Knicks will be without Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler Sunday against Clippers
UPDATE 2:27 p.m. ET: It’s been made official now, a little more than an hour before tip-off, that both Anthony and Chandler are out for Sunday’s contest against the Clippers. Even though Chandler is out, the news on him might be considered to be positive — he’s missing the game due to a stiff neck; the team says his knee is fine.
8:00 a.m. ET: In a non-update injury update sent out by Knicks PR on Saturday, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler were both listed as questionable for New York’s game on Sunday against the Clippers in Los Angeles.
The vibe around the team after practice on Saturday, however, is that neither will be ready to go.
The Knicks started a lineup featuring Kurt Thomas, Kenyon martin, and Chris Copeland in Portland on Thursday with Anthony and Chandler sidelined, so it’s likely we’ll see more of the same on Sunday.
New York currently sits in third place in the East, a half game behind Indiana and a full game ahead of Brooklyn. The injuries are going to make it difficult for the Knicks to maintain their place in the standings, but unless Anthony and Chandler are close to 100 percent by the time the postseason begins, they’re going to be facing a quick first round exit regardless of whom they face.