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Amar’e Stoudemire out Saturday with ankle sprain

Dec 31, 2011, 2:51 PM EDT

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Funny thing about super-teams. If one of the role players gets hurt, you’re have an issue. If two are hurt, you are in trouble. If two role players and a star go down? Major problems. And the Knicks have major problems.

Amar’e Stoudemire will miss the Knicks’ game in Sacramento versus the Kings Saturday night with a sprained ankle, according to the New York Post. Stoudemire tweaked it on Thursday versus the Lakers when he got tangled up with an opponent and rolled it. He finished that game, but of course the ankle swells afterwards and then hurts like a sonofagun, so this isn’t surprising. The Knicks need Stoudemire, though, on a losing streak and struggling mightily with offense. Stoudemire’s offense has been impacted by having Carmelo Anthony run point forward, with his usage significantly down as well as his production.

Without Stoudemire, expect for the game to turn into a pretty sluggish affair, though it may speed up the Knicks a bit. DeMarcus Cousins could have a big night if Tyson Chandler is otherwise occupied with keeping Chuck Hayes off the glass.

Either way, without Iman Shumpert and Baron Davis, the Knicks, a painfully thin team, will be even thinner without their best/second-best player. More shots for Melo, though!

  1. portlax12 - Dec 31, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    The Knicks could be a great team if they had the right coach. D’Antoni is doing a terrible job at getting Amare and Melo to play together and compliment one another. Furthermore, Tyson Chandler has been a nightmare so far. He is rebounding poorly and provides minimal offense. He also is prone to getting into foul trouble. I am not hitting the panic button yet, because it is still very early and these are all issues that can be solved throughout the course of a season; however, with the shortened season the Knicks need to figure this thing out sooner rather than later.

  2. glink123 - Dec 31, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    As a hardcore Bulls fan, good luck keeping your sanity watching Tyson Chandler play. He’ll give you 110 percent effort on every play, and he’ll play hurt. Those two traits are rare in the NBA, but his offensive game is painful to watch. You’d think he’d have put on some muscle by now.

  3. artbyrob - Dec 31, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Knicks sux and always have and will for a long time, just like during the Thomas era, the team is very poorly constructed. they will never be better than 7 or 8th seed and swepted in the first.
    as a HEAT fan I love it.

    • thatboi901 - Jan 1, 2012 at 2:48 AM

      As a heat fan why does it matter to you? Knicks-Heat hasn’t been a rivalry since the 90s

  4. dysraw1 - Jan 1, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    oh there is a rivalry allright. Pat Riley and his super squad are still very much hated in N.Y

    • thatboi901 - Jan 1, 2012 at 1:45 PM

      The heat supersquad are pretty much despised/hated nationwide.

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