It has been a very rough beginning the 2013-2014 campaign for the New York Knicks, and now, they are short-handed for Tuesday’s game against the Detroit Pistons.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) November 19, 2013
Ian Begley of ESPN New York reports that the always entertaining Metta World Peace (the artist formerly known as Ron Artest) did not travel to Detroit for the game as a result of having his knee drained. This is a bit of a blow to the shorthanded Knicks, as World Peace allows them to do some different things defensively (i.e. hide Andrea Bargnani) in the absence of Tyson Chandler.
As usual, Metta’s statistical profile isn’t exciting at just 9.4 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in 8 contests, but he is still an above-average defender (even at age 34), and his versatility on that end of the floor can be valuable. Begley also notes that his status is very much up in the air for Wednesday’s game against Indiana (back at Madison Square Garden), and this is a developing situation that should be monitored.
In his stead, we are sure to see a lot of Carmelo Anthony and a season-high minutes total wouldn’t be out of the question for backup big man Kenyon Martin.