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Andrea Bargnani has a huge night for Knicks (VIDEO)

Nov 9, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

Things were starting to get dire for the Knicks, at least as much as they can be so grim just five games into the 82-game regular season.

Tyson Chandler was lost for 4-6 weeks due to injury, and with a lack of healthy bigs on the roster while Kenyon Martin and Amar’e Stoudemire struggle with health issues of their own and minutes restrictions to go along with them, Andrea Bargnani was turned to for help, as sketchy as that sounds.

Bargnani had been tentative and unproductive on both ends of the floor in his first few games of the season, but he broke out in a big way during New York’s win over the Bobcats on Friday — a team that had beaten them just three days prior.

The play of Bargnani was largely unfamiliar, but it was a welcome sight when the Knicks needed it the most. He finished with 25 points, eight rebounds, three assists and five blocked shots, to the delight of his teammates and coaches.

From Ian Begley of ESPN New York:

From the first day Andrea Bargnani set foot in the Knicks practice facility, coaches and teammates have been asking him to play with some aggression.

On Friday night, the message finally sank in.

“I guess he was just tired of hearing it,” Carmelo Anthony said. …

“The coaches and my teammates are helping me a lot and they’re trying to do their best to make the adjustment smooth,” Bargnani said. “But I got to help them, play my game … go out there and do what I’ve always done all these years.” …

“He can’t tease me because I’m going to expect that from him every time he steps out on the floor,” Mike Woodson said.

Things change significantly for the Knicks if Bargnani can help them even remotely closely to the way he did on Friday. They’ll have J.R. Smith back from suspension for Sunday’s game against the Spurs (if he’s healthy enough to go), so that will immediately help the offense.

Bargnani has been known to be able to put up points at times, albeit somewhat inefficiently. And he was 11-of-25 from the field in this one, so, that’s still a thing. But if he can rebound and defend like he did in his latest outing, or even to the point where he’s not a James Harden-like liability on that end of the floor, New York might be able to sustain some consistency until Chandler makes it back.

  1. 22yearsagotoday - Nov 9, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Knicks still lost to the lowly Bobcats.

    • MLBlogsbig3bosox - Nov 9, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      What game were you watching dude? Tuesday’s one?

    • cruzan80 - Nov 9, 2013 at 4:05 PM

      Heat lost to 76ers….Nets lost to Cavaliers…Clippers lost to Magic…..what’s your point hater?

  2. ProBasketballPundit - Nov 9, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Carmelo sucks.

  3. cruzan80 - Nov 9, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    ….on your moms tata’s.

  4. jbeagles23 - Nov 9, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Also took 25 shots to get 25 points

  5. limonadamas - Nov 9, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    I’m happy for him, but those are some difficult shot attempts. He’s gotta get some easier looks if he wants to keep it up.

  6. brotherlove2012 - Nov 10, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Come on people, it’s Bargnani, he’s just teasing. He’ll go back to his old usual self in the next couple of games, you can bet on it. He did that in Toronto from time to time, just so that people thought he could really be good and then, poof! The real slow, timid, uninvolved and passive Bargnani would be back … You’ll see.

  7. canadatude - Nov 10, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Get used to Bargnani being a ghost on defence. He needs a heart transplant.

  8. benjamintko - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Bargnani is a bust. Was, is, and will be.

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