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If you had to point out the one thing that hurt the Knicks the most in 2012, it was definitely injuries.
Plenty of players, including Amar'e Stoudemire, Iman Shumpert, Jeremy Lin and Baron Davis suffered long-term injuries over the course of the year, with more than a few niggling injuries hitting the rest of the roster.
Even now, entering the new year, Raymond Felton, Rasheed Wallace and Shumpert find themselves out of action, with Stoudemire only recently returning from his own injury.
As they have done through the first third of the season, the Knicks can survive without a completely healthy roster, but when it comes to playoff time they'll need to be much nearer to full health.
In both the 2011 and 2012 playoffs, injuries hurt the Knicks in a big way, and they can't afford to let it happen again this year. The championship window is much too small to let this start to the regular season go to waste.
It will require some careful management of minutes by Mike Woodson, but if he can ensure he has his roster ready to play by April (with the exception of maybe a few minor injuries) the Knicks will be in a good position.