They lost a game, lost a guard and might be without a flu-ridden center. That’s apparently not enough to bring down the New York Knicks.
At practice in Miami Sunday, the Knicks mocked coach Mike Woodson for his lack of flexibility during stretching, then broke into groups for a halfcourt shooting contest.
Maybe the light mood was needed to get over Saturday, when the Heat won easily and the Knicks lost guard Iman Shumpert for six to eight months because of a knee injury.
The Knicks will scramble to fill Shumpert’s minutes, but Jeremy Lin is not yet in those plans. Once the sensation of the season, Lin is also recovering from knee surgery and will not play in Game 2 tonight in Miami.
No ACL link?
The NBA’s compressed schedule, with 66 games in four months followed by one day off before the playoffs, was tough on everyone.
Did it cause more injuries?
Probably, say the players.
What about the torn ACLs that ended the season for Derrick Rose and Shumpert on Saturday?
Unlikely, said Dr. David Altchek of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, who said there is “no evidence” that ACL tears can be caused by wear and tear.
Rose was hurt in the final minutes of Chicago’s Game 1 victory over Philadelphia.
Taking pressure off
The chance to attempt a shot and win a game used to make the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant so jittery he couldn’t sit still.
Then he found a way to take the edge off: He had to stop caring quite so much.
Durant said he saw an interview featuring seven-time NBA champion Robert Horry last offseason, when the player spoke about taking pressure off himself.
Durant opened this postseason by hitting a foul-line jumper with 1.5 seconds left to lift the Thunder to a 99-98 win over the Mavericks.