The Scoop: One of the team-friendly reports coming out from the New York Post was that Bargnani could return two weeks after the All Star break, but that was probably smoke to make the Knicks appear less desperate for a power forward. There is no official timetable for his return and he's probably done for the year at this rate.
The Scoop:This sounds like educated speculation rather than an official update on Bargnani's status, but a beat writer's estimate is better than nothing. How Bargs will fit back into the lineup once he's healthy is another question, as the Knicks have found some success by reverting to small lineups with Carmelo Anthony at PF.
The Scoop:A ligament in Bargnani's right (shooting) elbow is completely torn. A doctor that has not examined Bargnani estimates a 3-6 week timetable, but we know this player is not the fastest healer. Furthermore, coach Mike Woodson said he plans on sticking with his small lineup for the foreseeable future. Bargnani is safe to drop in most formats.
Things have only gotten worse since Wednesday's loss to the Philadelphia 76ers at home, plummeting the Knicks to 0-3 on their eight-game home stretch. On top of that, Andrea Bargnani, New York's second-leading scorer, will miss three to six weeks with a torn ligament in his left arm. I guess it's good news that he doesn't need surgery, but is it better news that the Knicks will now be forced into playing their successful small-ball style of play? Going down the line here, the Knicks are without Amar'e Stoudemire, Kenyon Martin, Metta World Peace, and now Andrea Bargnani.
Andrea Bargnani's failed dunk is costing him more than his pride, and it's only added to the New York Knicks' injured list. So far, the Charlotte Bobcats are doing just fine without leading scorer Kemba Walker. With Bargnani out indefinitely, the Knicks will try to snap a five-game slide when they host the Bobcats on Friday night. New York (15-27) is already dealing with an injury-riddled frontcourt, as Amare Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin are nursing sore ankles while Metta World Peace is out with a sore left knee.
Bargnani has a torn ligament in his left elbow and is out indefinitely.
The Scoop:Bargnani was hurt Wednesday during a 110-106 loss to Philadelphia when he landed hard while attempting to dunk. He had an MRI on Thursday that revealed the injury. Bargnani is averaging 13.3 points, second on the team, in his first season in New York. The Knicks acquired the No. 1 pick in the 2006 draft from Toronto during the summer.
These are not the best of times for the New York Knicks. Not only is the team struggling with five consecutive losses, but now the Knicks have lost center Andrea Bargnani indefinitely with a torn ligament in his left elbow. Bargnani was injured when he fell on a failed dunk attempt during the third quarter of the Knicks' 110-106 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. The 7-footer is the Knicks' second leading scorer at 13.3 points per game and is averaging 5.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks while starting 39 of New York's 42 games this season.
You know, for a second there, it was shaping up to be a pretty good Wednesday night for Andrea Bargnani.
Sure, the New York Knicks were down two scores to the not-really-trying-to-be-good Philadelphia 76ers late in the third quarter in front of the increasingly faithless Madison Square Garden faithful, but he didn't stick out as especially deserving of blame for that; as a matter of fact, he'd actually been fairly helpful on the offensive end, chipping in 15 points on 10 shots and looking both interesting in attacking the basket off the dribble and capable of doing so, especially when defended by Philly center Spencer Hawes.
Things turned around for ol' Bargs fairly quickly, though, when the Italian big man caught a kickout pass from rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. pump-faked past 76ers reserve Lavoy Allen, set sail for the paint and began a run for glory. As detailed by our friends at the Yahoo Sports Minute , it turned out to be a drive that will live in infamy:
First off: Thank goodness nobody got hurt. Bargnani came down really hard on his left wrist — and, of course, Sixers defender Thaddeus Young — but after taking a few seconds to collect himself, he got back to his feet, headed to the free throw line and made his two free throws, and remained in the game. That's good. It could've been way worse.
Now, that said ... this was a pretty ambitious takeoff for the 7-foot, 250-pounder, wouldn't you say? You can almost hear the strains of inspirational music pulsing through his head, propelling him forward, swelling toward a crescendo as pumped and drove; luckily for us, the folks at SB Nation heard it, too:
Unfortunately, Bargs didn't exactly stick the landing. We've seen a version of this movie before , but the ending of the reboot was even more powerful.
The same, naturally, could be said for the Knicks. New York bounced back from Bargnani's off-the-bounce tragedy to begin the fourth quarter with a 10-0 run and take a six-point lead, only to give it all back in a hail of turnovers (five in the fourth, leading to seven Philadelphia points), defensive confusion (particularly on a pair of late-fourth plays on which Carmelo Anthony and Iman Shumpert badly botched communication as to whether they should be switching assignments defensively, a topic of much recent discussion in New York , leading to two big 76er buckets) and missed shots (the Knicks went 4 for 18 from the field over the final nine minutes and 27 seconds). Add it all up and you've got a 110-106 76ers win highlighted by a star turn from Evan Turner (a career-high 34 points, 11 rebounds), all-court play by Young (19 points, seven rebounds, four assists, four steals) and a solid floor game from rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams (19 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and two steals).
The Knicks are now 15-27, losers of five straight, and have fallen to 7-15 at MSG, the league's second-worst home record. The Knicks are now 0-3 on an eight-game homestand on which they desperately need to scratch some victories together to get back in the Eastern Conference playoff conversation; they now sit three games back of the eighth-seeded Charlotte Bobcats, who come to New York on Friday having scored a big home win over the Los Angeles Clippers without injured point guard Kemba Walker.
New York faces a favorable schedule over its next handful of games that feature opponents most competitive teams would mark as likely wins, but at this point, it seems that the only truly likely outcome of any Knicks game is that they will defend poorly, stagnate offensively and do at least one thing that makes your jaw drop in disbelief.
Thanks for holding up your end of that bargain, Andrea.
Once more, with feeling:
Thanks, DavidS , for the Loop.
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The Scoop: None.
Jan 23 6:40 ET
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Knicks extend season-best win streak to 6 (The Associated Press) (1 Day Ago | courtesy: The Associated Press) Before Phil Jackson can begin reshaping their future, the New York Knicks are trying to make something of this season. Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. had 20, and the Knicks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 115-94 on Saturday, giving them a season-high six straight victories as they prepare to welcome Jackson back to the franchise. Amare Stoudemire and J.R. Smith each scored 15 for the Knicks, who easily ended their daytime woes by pounding the team with the NBA's worst record. New York began the day 3 1/2 games behind Atlanta for the final postseason spot in the Eastern Conference. More...