This has been a season of violently shifting narratives involving Knicks players: Jeremy Lin, marginal pick-up to international phenomenon; Carmelo Anthony, slumping malcontent to team leader; Amar'e Stoudemire, enfeebled has-been to dominant force and then back again.
But there's been one constant: Toney Douglas has been terrible.
In all likelihood, the Jeremy Lin portion of the tumultuous story that has been the New York Knicks this season has come to an end.
The team announced Saturday that Lin has a meniscus tear in his knee. Surgery is to be performed this week, with a recovery time of about six weeks. The N.B.A. regular season ends April 26; that recovery time will take Lin out until roughly the second round of the playoffs, a destination New York will be hard-pressed to reach without him.
For weeks now, the Knicks appeared to have three possible outcomes to the end of their regular season.
They could stay where they are, finishing eighth in the Eastern Conference, or nip Boston to reach seventh. Either way, a matchup with Miami or Chicago would follow, without home-court advantage, and New York would be an overwhelming underdog to win a single round in the N.B.A. playoffs.
Carmelo Anthony explodes against Orlando, as Woodson's banged-up Knicks continue their confounding run
The New York Knicks entered Wednesday night's game against the Orlando Magic knowing that they'd be without power forward Amar'e Stoudemire and point guard Jeremy Lin. They'd have a hobbled Carmelo Anthony playing through a groin injury.
Mike Woodson had only been coach of the New York Knicks for exactly five games. But the team that couldn’t win in the waning days of his predecessor, Mike D’Antoni, suddenly couldn’t lose.
Whatever happens to the the New York Knicks over the remainder of their season will have everything to do with what happened Monday night at Madison Square Garden.
There was the result itself, an 89-80 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, that helped secure New York's playoff position, at least for now.
The New York Knicks exited this past weekend in roughly the identical place in the playoff race that they entered it.
The Knicks' next two games are in Toronto Friday, against Raptors team they demolished earlier this week, at at home against bottom-feeder Detroit on Saturday night.
This should be excellent news. Except bad teams have been anything but good news for the Knicks this year, from back when they were the team that gave Carmelo Anthony 25-30 shots early on, and continuing right through the advent of Jeremy Lin.
Mike Woodson's Knicks beat the Sixers at their own game and creep, incredibly, toward the top of the division
New York managed to both beat Philadelphia at its own defensive-oriented game, and followed an fourth-quarter road map that they used to defeat Indiana this weekend as well-stifling defense and a heaping dose of Jeremy Lin.(1)
Wednesday night's game against the Philadelphia 76ers will say a lot about the Knicks's odds of actually winning playoff series this year.
New York currently sits in the eighth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference, 2.5 games behind Boston in the seventh spot, and a half-game ahead of Milwaukee. But these three teams are essentially jockeying for position to earn first-round playoff dates against either the Chicago Bulls or Miami Heat, the two best teams in the N.B.A.
Jeremy Lin showed an uncharacteristic hint of irritation with a question about his persistent doubters as he stood in the center of yet another media scrum at his locker following New York's 106-87 win over Toronto at Madison Square Garden Tuesday night.(5)
Rumors of Jeremy Lin's demise following the firing of coach Mike D'Antoni this week were, well, wrong. On Saturday night, he scored 19 points, pulled down seven rebounds and dished out six assists in New York's 102-88 victory over the Indiana Pacers.(5)
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With D'Antoni gone and a listless Blazers team to beat, Anthony goes out to 'play hard' and 'have fun'
An overflow crowd of reporters, the kind that had greeted Jeremy Lin during the height of his astonishing run through the month of February, gathered in the Knicks media room on Wednesday evening to hear a statement by owner James Dolan, who reportedly backed Carmelo Anthony over the Knicks' now-former coach, Mike D'Antoni, leading to D'Antoni's resignation.
In a shocking development in a New York Knicks season with no shortage of them already, Mike D'Antoni is out as coach for the team, effective immediately.
The way it went down has varied from resigned to mutual decision, but the real result of the move is clear: Carmelo Anthony didn't believe he fit in Mike D'Antoni's system, D'Antoni agreed, and the Knicks chose Anthony over D'Antoni.