The New York Knicks have started the season better than anyone could have expected. To make it even more impressive, they are dealing with a few injuries that will hopefully be healed quickly.
On Saturday night, New York defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers to improve to 10-0 at home on the year.
Although Cleveland is not one of the better teams in the NBA, few would believe coming into the season that a team starting Chris Copeland and getting 37 minutes out of the 39-year-old Jason Kidd would be able to win any game.
Still, the team showed its resolve to come away with a victory.
However, this is not how the Knicks want to play out the rest of their season. The team must hope that these players get to full strength before long.
The MVP candidate suffered a sprained ankle against the Los Angeles Lakers and was forced to miss the Cavaliers game.
While Carmelo Anthony might be able to play on Monday against the Houston Rockets, it is uncertain.
According to Ian Begley of ESPN, head coach Mike Woodson responded to a question about Anthony's future by saying, "Don't know yet, he's just kind of day to day. He's getting treatment and we'll see where he is come Monday."
It is important not to rush back from this type of injury considering how long the season is, but the Knicks cannot afford to be without Anthony for too long.
In addition to Anthony, Rasheed Wallace also missed the game against Cleveland due to what's being called a "sore left foot."
Woodson also said he is taking this injury day to day, but Wallace might take longer to return than Anthony. The coach said of Wallace (via NorthJersey.com):
We’re going to take it a day at a time. Sheed is not 28, 29 years old. If he tells me he’s sore, then we have to back off. He’s got a sore left foot. So we’re going to pamper him and nurse him back to health.
Considering his age and previous time off, Wallace could be out for some time as the coaching staff makes sure he is completely healthy before returning.
There is no timetable for the return of Iman Shumpert, but the team saw good things out of the pregame workout on Saturday.
According to Ian Begley of ESPN, the guard showed trainers that he is close to returning:
Iman Shumpert is going through an intense pregame workout w/a #Knicks trainer. He's cutting in a defensive stance & attacking rim, dunking.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) December 15, 2012
The Knicks have to be encouraged by his movements, along with the fact that this team will be incredibly deep when he's healthy.
The injury that's kept the former All-NBA center out of the lineup the whole season is finally close to being a thing of the past.
ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported that Amar'e Stoudemire is still on pace to return on December 25:
Amar'e Stoudemire went through an extensive workout tonight at Barclays Center, he may indeed hit that Christmas return date.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) December 12, 2012
Of course, doctors still have not cleared him to return to practice (via NorthJersey.com). However, he should quickly get into games once he gets that OK.
Stoudemire surely does not want to miss out on all the fun that is going on with the team right now.