2006_01_smarburyshoulder.jpgThings just got a lot harder for the Knicks. Stephon Marbury injured his shoulder fighting through a pick yesterday. While x-rays were negative and the team has diagnosed the injury as a sprain, there is no timetable for his return. Without Marbury for most of the fourth quarter, the Knicks fell short against Minnesota 96-90.

The Knicks fought back from a 19-point deficit midway through the third quarter to make it a two-point game with thirty seconds remaining, but they couldn’t stop Troy Hudson when it mattered. Hudson hit a three as the shot clock expired to clinch the victory for Minnesota.

Larry Brown still isn’t happy with his lineup. Maurice Taylor and Trevor Ariza were on the inactive list, while Jerome James got fifteen minutes of playing time. With Marbury’s status in question and his consecutive game streak in jeopardy, you can bet that Larry isn’t done tinkering with the Knicks.

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