Kurt Rambis acknowledged Arron Afflalo is dealing with a bruised thigh.
"He's got, my understanding, a bruised thigh, which can make that thigh really tight and hard to move and hard to explode off of," Rambis said to the New York Post. "... [On Wednesday], he wasn't moving well. That is why I cut his minutes."
Rambis didn't convey just how long Afflalo had been fighting through the pain, but there's no denying the guard has gone cold as of late. Over the last three games, he's averaged 7.3 points on just 30 percent shooting from the field.
Often times, a team can make adjustments and see if other players can step up to fill the necessary void. But that has not been the case during the duration of Afflalo's recent slump. The guard has played a notable role all season long, and his otherwise consistent offense not only helps take pressure off Carmelo Anthony, but also allows the Knicks to build up somewhat of a one-two offensive punch that constantly keeps opposing defenses on their toes. Without Afflalo's usual impact, New York has been much easier to stop as of late.
As for why he's been limited, a thigh bruise can be very painful, and Rambis seems to understand that. Seeing a player who is so central in a team's offense like Afflalo is for the Knicks be so limited undoubtedly slows up an offense.
It'll obviously be a luxury to have him back at full strength, but until then, it's imperative Rambis continues to manage his minutes accordingly. There won't be a need to rush him back as long as they limit the pressure on him by encouraging Langston Galloway to attack the basket and look for his own offense, much like he did on Wednesday against the Pacers.