The day began with Rasheed Wallace announcing his retirement (again) and ended up with point guard Pablo Prigioni spraining his ankle, Chris Copeland injuring his shoulder, and Iman Shupert getting a cramp in his knee.
And they've somehow made it into the playoffs.
Prigioni's injury is the one to be most concerned about and Coach Mike Woodson couldn't be sure if Prigioni would be ready for Saturday's playoff opener at 3 p.m. against the Boston Celtics. "Don't know," Woodson said. "I really don't know."
Knicks fans were likely cringing after last night's game, wondering if their first chance at the playoffs in more than 10 years would be swept away in the first round. Injuries this season have made the roster a revolving door of players.
Woodson is depending on the contributions of Tyson Chandler and Kenyon Martin, who is recovering from a foot injury of his own. Regulars Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd, Raymond Felton, and J. R. Smith sat out Wednesday night in the hopes of staying healthy for the playoffs.
Prigioni is listed day-to-day after rolling his right ankle trying to pull up on a drive to the basket late in the first quarter. X-rays were negative. Woodson had said before the game that he was planning on starting Prigioni against the Celtics Saturday.
Since being put in the starting lineup, Prigioni had been a much needed spark for the Knicks, who have gone 16-2 with him starting.
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