The New York Knicks chances of making the playoffs were dented this weekend as they fell to the Miami Heat, but ESPN analyst Skip Bayless thinks that the Knicks could have been a match for the reigning NBA champions.
Knicks star, Carmelo Anthony suffered an arm injury last week and Bayless says that New York's chance of post-season glory went with it:
"If Melo hadn't banged up shoulder and become pretty useless, Knicks would've made playoffs and taken Heat to 7." Bayless tweeted today.
The Knicks lost to the Washington Wizards on Friday night and Anthony complained an arm injury during the first half of the game as reported by Chris Herring of the Wall Street Journal:
"Carmelo says his arm "just gave out" at one point in the 2nd quarter. Had to call timeout, bc he couldn't use it...Melo says the injured arm impacted him trying to make plays off the dribble, and his passing."
Anthony has said that he will play through the injury but the Knicks are still one game behind Atlanta Hawks in the win-column for the eighth seed.
The Knicks have struggled all season and even in the last few month have only registered a 10-5 record as they chase the last remaining spot in the playoffs.
It seems unlikely that the Knicks could have ever given the Heat a real series even if they make the playoffs but with the loss of Anthony, a hard task just became impossible.