After starting the season 18-5, the New York Knicks have hit a road bump, playing under-.500 basketball since. What’s the deal?
Well, injuries and age are knocking on the door for one thing. Take the Knicks’ most recent loss against the Boston Celtics. New York was missing their starting point guard, some key role players and had a $20 million man coming off the bench for a couple quarters’ worth.
Good fans, and good teams and players (see: RGIII), don’t like to blame injury for losses. And rival fans surely don’t want to hear it.
But if you do look at all the Knicks’ losses, someone’s missing. They haven’t lost a game with a full and healthy roster, yet.
Of course this is often a fact in the NBA. Many teams go through large portions of the season (or the whole season) without all their players suited up.
But in the 2012-13 Knicks’ case, the team is finally on the verge of having everybody fully healthy and game ready.
All stats used in this article are as of Jan. 7, 2012.