The hits just keep coming for the New York Knicks.
Already decimated by frontcourt injuries, the Knicks must move forward without Andrea Bargnani.
Bargnani tore a ligament in his left elbow on Wednesday night and is out indefinitely.
Mike Woodson already tended to go with a more defensive-oriented lineup over using Bargnani, especially in crunch time. And using Carmelo Anthony at power forward typically yields better matchups with Tyson Chandler at center.
Say what you want to say about Bargnani's lack of defense, he provided the Knicks with 13.3 points per game, second on the team behind Carmelo. Bargnani gave the Knicks a scoring threat more consistent this season than J.R. Smith, Raymond Felton and Iman Shumpert. Bargnani shot 44.2 percent from the field and averaged 12.0 shots a game, third behind Anthony's 21 shots a game and Smith's 12.1.
Replacing height when Woodson needs it will be an issue. At the moment, Amar'e Stoudemire, Kenyon Martin and Metta World Peace are out with sprained left ankles. Woody will have to use Jeremy Tyler and perhaps Cole Aldrich for some minutes.
The injury also creates an opportunity for Tim Hardaway Jr. Felton and Smith already take double-digit shot attempts each game. Shumpert will likely have to take more than the 6.6 shots he has hoisted up per game thus far.
Woodson could start Felton and Pablo Prigioni in the backcourt to have two point guards on the floor again. If he wants to go with a big lineup, he will have to wait for one of his forwards to return from injury or start Tyler. He will likely go with his small lineup moving forward.
Either way, the reeling Knicks now have to find a way to stop a five-game losing streak without their second-leading scorer. The Bargnani injury probably helps Woodson's job status more than anything. But again, the Knicks would have been hurting to find a coaching replacement if they wanted to make a move. As long as he has the support of his locker room, Woody remains the best man for the job, especially with the limited replacement options, if any.
Up now: Bargnani is out indefinitely.
Woodson says Melo is "on board" and he discusses his relationship with Chandler moving forward.
Here's Beg's midseason report card.
What's next: The Knicks try to stop the bleeding against Charlotte at home at 7:30. An already ugly situation could get even more bleak with yet another home loss.
Question of the day: Which Knick has to step up the most with Bargnani out and which startling lineup would you go with?