Andrea Bargnani was averaging 13.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game for the Knicks before tearing a ligament in his elbow. (Nathaniel Butler/Getty)
The New York Knicks have had trouble keeping their big men on the court this season. Now forward Andrea Bargnani is out indefinitely, and New York's front line will be stretched even thinner.
The Knicks announced Thursday that Bargnani tore a ligament in his elbow on a dunk attempt in the third quarter of the team's 110-106 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers Wednesday. Bargnani joins Tyson Chandler, Kenyon Martin and Amar'e Stoudemire as New York bigs who have missed extended time this year.
Bargnani, acquired by the Knicks for a future first round pick this offseason, was averaging 13.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in his first season in New York. However, his defensive shortcomings contributed to the Knicks' defensive woes. New York has allowed 106.1 points per 100 possessions, fourth-worst in the NBA.