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It's been mentioned at several points this season that, through all the Knicks' injuries, their oldest player has remained healthy and available. Of course, the Knicks haven't had to rely on Kurt Thomas that often, so there wasn't much opportunity for harm. And of course, now that New York is depleted to the point that Thomas is a prominent part of the rotation, he's hurt, too. Tyson Chandler and Carmelo Anthony both remain questionable for tonight's game in Utah-- Melo shot around, Chandler didn't-- and so is Kurt:
Knicks are listing Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Kurt Thomas (sprained right foot) as questionable tonight.— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) March 18, 2013
Kurt Thomas to get an x-ray today and intends to have an MRI tomorrow in New York— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) March 18, 2013
I imagine this has something to do with Kurt playing 40 minutes-- one for every year of his life!-- over the last two games, spending way too many of those switched onto Chris Paul. I hope he's okay. It frightens me how much I hope he's okay.
So, with Amar'e Stoudemire and Rasheed Wallace out and Melo, Chandler, and Kurt all questionable, here are the Knicks expected to start tonight:
If melo, tyson and kurt can't go, knicks will start small with Felton, Prigioni, Shumpert, Copeland and Kenyon.— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) March 18, 2013
Pablo Prigioni in the starting lineup! Very cool. Genuinely. Bench-wise, that leaves: J.R. Smith, Marcus Camby, Steve Novak, Herb Williams, Jim Todd, an olive, any unusually tall Utahns in attendance, a pair of scissors, and James White. Not a bad rotation!
Update: Carmelo Anthony will not play tonight. Here's a thing:
Melo said hamstring injury caused fluid and confirms no cartilage damage.— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) March 18, 2013
Said he feels much better since having it drained. "Night and day" he said.— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) March 18, 2013
Update again: More on Kurt:
Knicks fear Kurt Thomas may have a stress fracture which would end his season. He'll go for an MRI on his right foot when team returns home.— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) March 18, 2013