Afflalo hasn't had the easiest beginning to his Knicks career.
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Arron Afflalo missed time at the start of training camp because of a hamstring issue, but he returned for the Knicks' fourth preseason with the hope that all those problems were over. Unfortunately, his hopes never actually materialized. Now, Afflalo may be out even longer than he originally thought.
Sasha Vujacic has been the placeholder in Afflalo's spot, meaning Fisher might be using the famed Mike Woodson strategy of not wanting to disrupt rotations when there's an injury inside the starting lineup. Woodson used to play James White with the first unit and then pull him after five minutes, only to never put him back into the game.
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Vujacic should see a little more playing time than that, but you have to imagine he's not going to be getting starter minutes with Langston Galloway and Jerian Grant playing behind him.
Knicks guard Arron Afflalo insisted he is doing, and would continue to do, everything to get back on the court for the Knicks as soon as possible. He even said he had hoped to be ready for opening night despite his ailing left hamstring.
But that would only work if opening night were in two weeks. The Knicks open Wednesday in Milwaukee.
“I want to say I guess I just have to give it another two weeks or so but it’s hard to judge,” Afflalo said after sitting out the open practice the Knicks staged Sunday at Columbia University. “I’m just going to go based on how I feel and with what the medical staff tells me.”
Afflalo was injured in the final preseason game, Thursday in Boston. He left the game in the third quarter — after coach Derek Fisher debated even using him in the second half — with what was called a tight left hamstring.