Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
The Knicks got two pieces of bad news on Sunday.
First, forward Al Harrington was fined $25,000 for publicly criticizing officials after the Knicks’ 102-100 double-OT loss at Charlotte Friday.
Harrington was called for a blocking foul on a drive to the basket by D.J. Augustin. Augustin hit both free throws with 2.5 seconds left.
“It was a block,” Harrington told reporters afterward. “The ref knows it was a block, everybody knows it was a block.
“That’s a terrible call.”
Harrington then went for a career-high 42 points in Saturday night’s 141-127 OT home loss to Philadelphia. That was also a Knicks’ franchise record for points by a bench man.
The other piece of bad news is that 5-9 guard Nate Robinson could miss up to two weeks with a sprained right ankle suffered in the fourth quarter against the 76ers, according to Knicks head coach Mike D’Antoni.
Robinson, who is averaging just 8.7 points in 25.7 minutes, will definitely be out for Monday’s game against Chris Paul and New Orleans.
Look for guard Larry Hughes, who scored a season-high 18 off the bench against Philly, and rookie Toney Douglas to see more minutes with Robinson sidelined.
On Hughes’ contribution Saturday, D’Antoni said: “He played great. He was the reason that that second group was really good. He settled everybody down, made the right play.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.