Arron Afflalo injuring his hamstring shows problems within Knicks

Afflalo went down after reportedly convincing Fisher to let him play.
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Arron Afflalo missed the Knicks' first three preseason games and plenty of practices because of a hamstring issue he was dealing with early in the exhibition slate. He returned for New York's fourth preseason game, looking like the normal Arron Afflalo we saw last year. But Thursday night, during the Knicks' final contest before the meaningful ones begin, Afflalo went down again.

Not good news for the Knicks, who lost Afflalo in the third quarter due to that same hamstring injury. 

So far, we have no update on the team's starting shooting guard, but Derek Fisher seemed hopeful for positive news, per Al Iannazzone of Newsday:

Injuries are unfortunate, but they happen. Hamstrings can be scary, too. Those sorts of pains tend to linger, but playing it cautious early in the year seems like the way to go, one that probably wouldn't hurt you too much in the long term as long as Afflalo doesn't have to miss a heavy load of time.

The somewhat disconcerting piece of news comes from Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News:

The Knicks had similar problems to this one last year. Amar'e Stoudemire was able to dictate at points when he wanted to play and when he didn't. Carmelo Anthony pushed to play in the Knicks' game in London and the All-Star Game even though everyone and their mother knew Melo was due for knee surgery. (He ended up getting that surgery immediately following All-Star weekend.)

Now, even in a preseason game, Afflalo has a decent amount of authority on if he's playing or not. It makes sense that a coach would ask his player how he's feeling, if he wants to play, what he thinks he can do, etc. But why would you take a chance, especially during a exhibition against the Celtics that's worth nothing? Players will almost always tell you they're good to go. Afflalo is a gamer. He's going to say that every time. And yet, the Knicks caved.

It's odd. But it keeps happening. And it should leave Knicks fans a little worried.

Derek Fisher seemed optimistic about Afflalo but said it's too soon to know whether he will be able to play against the Bucks.

“I can't overanalyze something we don't understand just yet,” Fisher said. “We'll take a look at him closer over the next couple of days and kind of figure out what the program is and what the treatment plan is and then we can kind of decide whether we should be concerned.

“Until we really understand where he is, I don't think we can predict where he'll be on Wednesday night.”

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