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Without a doubt, the biggest issue for the Knicks right now is health. And the most worrying thing is that there's very little the team can do to fix the issue.
Tyson Chandler, Kenyon Martin, Rasheed Wallace, Marcus Camby and Amar'e Stoudemire are all out for the time being, and the front office has already been forced to release Kurt Thomas because his injury was so severe.
Free agent Solomon Jones has been picked up to help ease the situation, but when Chris Copeland is starting at center, clearly things are not ideal.
At the bare minimum, what the Knicks need to succeed in the playoffs are the returns of Martin and Chandler, and luckily, they should both be back in time for the first round.
There are no guarantees about the other three players, but having said that, the Knicks have survived the majority of the season without them anyway.
New York could use as much frontcourt depth as possible, but in a shortened playoff rotation, the Knicks can handle having Chandler and Carmelo Anthony in the starting five, with K-Mart and Jones coming off the bench.