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The Knicks have missed Rasheed Wallace's defense.
The big injury so far for the Knicks has been Raymond Felton, who is out with a hand injury. Felton injured his hand on December 25th. Since then, the Knicks have struggled, going 5-5.
Felton seems ready to go, but the team is holding him back:
"They won't let me play," Felton said before the Knicks practiced. "They're not even going to let me play when we first get back. So I'm looking at maybe Philly in Philly."
The Philadelphia game he is referring to is on January 26th.
The Knicks need Felton back—that is clear.
He is a key cog in the Knicks' offense and is dynamic on the pick-and-roll. Felton's ability to drive leaves more space open for Carmelo Anthony on the perimeter.
The sooner Felton can come back, the better.
The other big injury has been to Rasheed Wallace. Wallace provides excellent interior defense, but a stress fracture has kept him out since December 15th.
His recovery has been slow. He has yet to run, and there are serious questions about whether or not he will return. As Coach Mike Woodson said:
"He'll be back—but when, I don't know," Woodson said. "We're gradually trying to get him back where he can run again so he can get back in a uniform. But when, we don't know when yet."
If Wallace cannot return, the Knicks will have to look outside for help.
Kenyon Martin is one option, but he struggled last season with the Los Angeles Clippers, averaging 5.2 points and 4.3 rebounds.
Tyson Chandler cannot do it alone, and Amar'e Stoudemire has yet to show he can be a capable post defender.
If Wallace cannot go, the Knicks will have to be proactive and sign someone to help defend the low post.