Knicks' Bargnani out indefinitely with elbow injury

1/23/14 in NBA   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

After Wednesday's loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks big man Andrea Bargnani was complaining about a sore left elbow. The injury was not thought to be serious, but a Thursday MRI revealed that Bargnani is dealing with a torn ligament in his elbow, and he will be sidelined indefinitely.

Jan 22, 2014; New York, NY, USA;  New York Knicks center Andrea Bargnani (77) drives to the basket and is fouled by Philadelphia 76ers power forward Thaddeus Young (21) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Philadelphia 76ers defeat the New York Knicks 110-105. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY SportsAs a Knicks fan, I have no problem with Bargs hitting the bench, but the timing of this injury is horrible for the Knicks. Fellow big men Kenyon Martin and Amar'e Stoudemire are already sidelined with injuries of their own, so the Knicks' frontcourt is growing dangerously thin. The loss of Bargnani means that Summer League standout Jeremy Tyler is going to be in for a much heavier dose of minutes than the 4.7 that he has averaged across seven games this season.

Another way that the Knicks will make up for their depleted frontcourt will simply be to roll with a smaller lineup. Carmelo Anthony will slide down to the power forward spot (which he has not problem doing), while Iman Shumpert will likely slide down to small forward, creating an opening in the starting lineup for Pablo Prigioni to play shooting guard. That could create an opportunity for a disgruntled Beno Udrih to get some more minutes at point guard.

Bargnani has averaged 13.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks through 42 games this season, but his numbers look far better than his play does. He constantly misses open shooters while opting to take contested, off-balance jump shots, and he struggles badly when defending in isolation (though his overall defense has been better than I thought it would be upon his arrival in New York).

With few specifics of Bargnani's injury available, there is not really a timetable for the big Italian just yet. Martin and Stoudemire will be back before him, and that is what Knicks fans should be looking forward to. This season just keeps getting worse, doesn't it?
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