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Amar’e sprains knee, questionable Sunday versus Detroit

Jan 29, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

New York Knicks v Atlanta Hawks

In last night’s fracas-filled loss to the Hawks, Amar’e Stoudemire had a pretty scary moment. Marvin Williams, who would later be the culprit in the fight, accidentally landed and rolled up under his knee. In case you hadn’t heard, any time you hear the words Amar’e and “knee,” Knicks fans start spasming uncontrollably. Amar’e walked off and seemed to be fine, he wound up finishing the game. But as is so often with injuries, they got worse after the game and tightened up.

Now Frank Isola of The New  York Daily News reports that Stoudemire suffered a sprained knee and is questionable Sunday for the Knicks game versus Detroit.

Losing Stoudemire for any time, at all, puts a significant clamp on the Knicks’ chances of winning. Even when Stoudemire is playing, the Knicks haven’t been great lately, and the Pistons are playing their best ball of the season (although still losing largely because their coach has about as much of the team’s faith as Natalie Portman has the faith of Academy Award voters for her performance in “No Strings Attached”*).  The Knicks had a huge win against a short-handed Heat team Thursday, but after the loss to the Hawks last night, and with Amar’e possibly out or limited Sunday, a losing streak could be in their future.

Homecourt advantage in the playoffs seems to get further and further away with every week for the Knicks.


  1. zackd2 - Jan 29, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    Amar’e re-entered the game, they wouldn’t have done that if it was serious. It’s a sore knee.

  2. pff - Jan 29, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    no one fears the Knicks

  3. dysraw1 - Jan 30, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    u see if dick dantone was any kind manegement guy hed have 2-3 players ready to fill amares position ,this is exactly the type of thing u prepare in an 82 game season, a randolph & e curry should be ready & willing 2 go

    • zackd2 - Jan 30, 2011 at 2:53 PM

      First, no team has 2-3 players who could step in and fill in for 25/8 a night. Second, signing quality bench players take full mid-level exception contracts for 3-4 years, which eats cap space – that is the OPPOSITE of what the Knicks are trying to do.

      Nice try though.

  4. dysraw1 - Feb 3, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    yo zack im NOT saying that theback up should be able what amare does im saying that if amare goes down there should be players ready 2 step up & do what they do

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