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NBA Injury Analysis: Hobbled Kings

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, ATC, PES, CES). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.

The New York Knicks Frontcourt

The Knicks have been ravaged by injuries recently, finishing with the second highest injury total for the second quarter of the season. The team lost 71 games to injury during that time period and now rank 9th in the league for most games missed over the season.

Sadly, these numbers do not include their latest injury, Andrea Bargnani's torn elbow ligament. The injury occurred during Bargnani's now infamous dunk attempt against the Sixers. An MRI later revealed a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his left elbow, and he has been ruled out indefinitely. UCL injuries are extremely rare in the NBA, but given the absurd amount of injuries this season, it should come as no surprise that this is the second such injury this year. Lakers guard Steve Blake tore the UCL in his right elbow back in late December and has missed the team's last 24 games. The Knicks revealed Bargnani will not require Tommy John surgery to repair the dam

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