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Knicks’ Andrea Bargnani out indefinitely with torn ligament in left elbow

Jan 23, 2014, 5:57 PM EDT

We mocked Andrea Bargnani‘s ability to finish this dunk earlier in the day, but now this is not so funny for an already banged up Knicks team.

The injury occurred on that failed dunk above.

Bargnani has played in every Knicks game up to this point and has put up decent numbers — 13.3 points a game, and he’s played some nice man defense in the post at times. He has a PER of 14.5, just below the league average.

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However, the Knicks are simply better when Bargnani sits and Carmelo Anthony occupies the four spot — John Schuhmann of NBA.com posted this nifty graphic that explains it better than I can:

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Mike Woodson has had this great desire to go big, with Tyson Chandler, Bargnani and Carmelo Anthony playing together despite all evidence that this combination doesn’t work — the Knicks are -8.1 points per 48 minutes in the 189 minutes that trip has played this season. Woodson started them last night, the Sixers went on a 13-0 first quarter run when they were all still on the court.

Now, Woodson has to play Anthony at the four, which is the spot he thrived last season. Plus, the Knicks defense is their biggest issue right now and Bargnani’s help rotations are as bad as his reputation. It’s not that there might not be a role for Bargnani that works on the Knicks, but it is not paired with Anthony.

The Knicks are home for their next five games.

  1. cruzan80 - Jan 23, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Feel kinda bad for saying this but…….blessing in disguise???

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 23, 2014 at 11:53 PM

      blessing, man the garden needs to be flooded by holy water, the knickerbockers play with no effort, they can’t play in the day time, night time and anytime, these guys have excuses for everything, the only guy I see playing with heart is Tyson and he is the only guy who plays defense and that is despite the coach and his ridiculous switching obsession.
      scrap the team and sell off the parts, keep Shumpert and Hardaway jr.

      • cruzan80 - Jan 24, 2014 at 7:28 AM

        Melo has been playing his butt off & to be completely honest I feel like Shumpert is starting to stray into “overrated” territory. Way too many 2 for 10 performances outta this guy to still be hyped the way he is. I like him….but I’m not making him untouchable & get rid of Melo.

      • cruzan80 - Jan 24, 2014 at 7:30 AM

        You might find this interesting…..

        http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/64200/the-bargnani-effect

  2. illegalblues - Jan 23, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    fare thee well, sweet prince.

  3. vikesdynasty - Jan 23, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Lol I called this in the other post about him. He’s so fragile.

  4. conjecture101 - Jan 23, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    “Going big” is not the problem. Ask the Pacers.

    • tuberippin - Jan 23, 2014 at 9:49 PM

      Going big is not the problem.

      Going Barg is the problem.

      Sometimes, problems have a way of working themselves out.

  5. 950003cups - Jan 23, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    How do you get injured doing nothing.

  6. evermench - Jan 23, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Thank You Knicks. Signed…A Raptors fan.

  7. money2long - Jan 23, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    So this would be barg’s first games missed huh…injuries sometimes help others step up. barg has definitely silenced those who thought he couldnt play anymore

  8. hatesofties - Jan 23, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    This injury is a direct result of guys sliding under a guy to take a charge AFTER he has already jumped. They need to get this type of stuff out of the game, there should be no way that a guy can have a charge called on him if he is ALREADY IN THE AIR. Once you have jumped, you can’t change direction to avoid a defender who just slips in under you, 90% of the time resulting in both guys falling to the ground. It is a weak play that just lets you avoid playing real defense.

    • money2long - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:00 AM

      dangerous indeed

  9. cruzan80 - Jan 24, 2014 at 7:37 AM

    Its without question a blessing in disguise…..

    http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/64200/the-bargnani-effect

  10. slate91 - Jan 31, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    Knicks are garbage with or without Anthony. If he wants one shot at winning a title he will have to be the number two option with a Kobe or Lebron type. Maybe the Rocketa will sign him and trade Parsons and Lin and maybe a draft pick. Imagine Harden Howard and Melo , that’s a team right there. The Knicks need to rebuild and it starts with Trading Carmelo before he becomes a free agent. They have nothing to give away to give him help. I suggest he makes way to LA or maybe south beach. Who knows but as long as he in NY there’s no winning.

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