2006_11_sknickslogo.jpgThe Mardy Collins era lasted approximately six minutes. Pushed into the starting lineup in place of Stephon Marbury, Collins sprained his foot halfway through the first quarter. And, Collins’ injury was just the beginning as Phoenix trounced the Knicks 113-102 while shooting 56% from the field.

To make matters worse, Renaldo Balkman went down with an injury later in the game and had to be helped off the court. With Quentin Richardson out with an elbow injury and Zach Randolph on bereavement leave, the Knicks are suddenly short of players. Wilson Chandler and Randolph Morris looked good in limited action and Fred Jones showed that not every Knick is averse to playing defense.

So, the Knicks head to LA for a game with the Clippers tonight before back-to-back games in Sacramento and Denver this weekend. Will their point guard return during the road trip? Will this latest mess finally be enough to cost Isiah his job? One thing’s for sure, it is never boring with the Knicks.