Injuries to stars Tyson Chandler, Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire had the New York Knicks looking more like a MASH unit than an Eastern Conference contender heading into Thursday's matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers.
Chandler and Anthony both suffered knee injuries in Wednesday's game against the Nuggets and sat out as a result. Stoudemire is expected out the next six weeks after undergoing a knee operation.
Though Stoudemire's return has a time frame, it's unclear how long New York will be without Chandler and Anthony. Any prolonged absence could be the death knell for a No. 2 seed in the East, as New York was even with Indiana in the loss column heading into Thursday's matchup.
Meanwhile, the death knell might as well have already struck the Blazers' playoff hopes. They remain mathematically in the hunt, just 3.5 games behind the Lakers, but with Dallas and Utah both standing in between. The rest of this season will focus mostly on developing a burgeoning young core that should captivate the NBA's attention in 2013-14.
Was that young core able to overtake the Knicks' C Team? Let's take a look at the complete highlights and find out.