Dec 11, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks point guard Pablo Prigioni (9) drives to the basket against Chicago Bulls point guard Marquis Teague (25) in the second half of NBA game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Pablo Prigioni to miss at least another week

Injuries have played a role in the 9-19 start to the season for the New York Knicks this season, not that they may be a whole lot better off if they were completely healthy, but not being at 100 percent has played a major role.

One of the guys the Knicks truly miss is point guard Pablo Prigioni, who has been out since December 16 after suffering a hairline fracture in his big toe.

Dec 8, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks point guard Pablo Prigioni (9) dribbles against the Boston Celtics during the second half at Madison Square Garden. The Celtics won the game 114-73. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The news on the veteran’s return to the lineup isn’t good, as it looks as if Prigioni will be out at least another week.

The point guard participated in shooting drills yesterday and told reporters afterwards that it will be at least a week before we see him back in uniform.

The original timetable after the injury was about two weeks, so the extra week really isn’t going to force Prigioni to miss much more time than originally expected.

However the injury is frustrating in light of the team’s recent decision to stick with Prigioni as the starting point guard, rather than make a move for someone like Kyle Lowry. Add to that the fact Beno Udrih is in Mike Woodson‘s doghouse and Raymond Felton is also injured and has underperformed when healthy and the Knicks can’t get Prigioni back soon enough.

Prigioni had been playing well in Felton’s original absence as once Woodson finally decided to use him correctly, the Knicks offense ran much better when he was logging big minutes. For the season, he is averaging four points, 3.2 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game, and his 0.7 turnovers per game was particularly helpful. However Prigioni is one guy whose impact can’t be found on the stat sheet.

For that reason alone he is missed as the Knicks should be counting down the days until his return.

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