Just when we thought the New York Knicks were entering a soft part of their schedule with a chance to build momentum, they go out and lose at home to the Washington Wizards. Of course that wasn’t the only loss on Monday. Pablo Prigioni and Amare Stoudemire are now also injured along with Kenyon Martin, who join Ray Felton on the sideline tonight. The Knicks had the Knicks-iest response to this rash of injuries by calling up Chris Smith to the 15 man roster. There is a chance Tyson Chandler does return tonight…so there’s that. Hooray for one positive thing!
The Knicks now sit at 7-17, which is good for 13th in the 2013-2014 Eastern Conference, arguably the worst Conference in recent NBA memory. One team who is below them in the standings? The Milwaukee Bucks! Come on down! The Bucks are 5-19 and boast an awe-inspiring 2-10 home record. Considering the Knicks stripped down roster and consistently awful basketball this season, tonight’s game is great candidate for Grantland’s “A Fate Worse Than Death” series.
The Bucks are a team of average to below average wing players, led by OJ Mayo and his 11.2 PER. He is the team’s leading scorer at 13.9 PPG, John Henson isn’t far behind with 12.0 PPG but a much more impressive 20.6 PER. Somebody named Khris Middleton now starts for the Bucks and scored 10 points the other night in a loss to the Mavericks! The current bench is led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, who should give Clyde fits with pronunciation. Mirolslav Radujica is another tongue-twister that will make the MSG broadcast that much more entertaining.
I’m not sure if Mike Woodson is trying to get fired at this point but we’ll know if Chris Smith gets solid run tonight off the Knicks bench. We keep thinking the Knicks have hit rock bottom but a loss to Milwaukee tonight would make a great run for truly reaching that rock bottom.