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Rasheed Wallace may return for Knicks this week

Apr 14, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

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Rasheed Wallace hasn’t played a game for the Knicks since mid-December due to a stress fracture that later required surgery, but he may be ready to come back just in time for New York’s trip to the postseason.

From Marc Berman of the New York Post:

Rasheed Wallace could play for the first time since mid-December tomorrow when the Knicks visit Charlotte, Mike Woodson said.

Wallace, who had foot surgery in late February, is significantly ahead of schedule. Wallace was on the court running today on the Garden floor before they faced the Pacers in an attempt to clinch the second seed and draw No. 7 Boston.

Woodson said back in March that if the Knicks added a player to bolster their injury-ravaged roster that Wallace was safe, and perhaps now we know the reason why. Wallace had the surgery at the end of February, and the team said the timetable for his return was eight weeks, which would mean his expected return to action is slightly ahead of schedule.

New York signed Solomon Jones this week, and ended up releasing Kurt Thomas. With Kenyon Martin and Tyson Chandler both unavailable due to injury, Jones actually got the start for the Knicks on Sunday against the Pacers.

Having Wallace back will be a nice boost to the team’s frontline depth as the Knicks head into the playoffs. Wallace has appeared in 20 games for New York, and is averaging 7.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in 14.6 minutes per game this season.

  1. melkipershero - Apr 14, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Hell be hurt within 2 weeks.

  2. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 14, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Great job by Coach for saving him (he’s been healthy all month), and working him in as Melo and the boys will be resting vs. CHA and ATL.

    We get Sheed, Camby, Kenyon and Tyson back Saturday. I like our chances.

  3. spthegr8 - Apr 14, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Hope Sheed can stay healthy. If he can, Sheed can still BALL!! He can give you 10-15 solid mins off the bench! He is a solid low-post defender & can stretch the floor & knock down the 3 ball!! & you gotta love hearing after a missed free throw ” THAT BALL DON’T LIE “!!!!

  4. bknowledge - Apr 14, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    If Sheed can play 10-15 quality minutes a game (like early this season), the Knicks have legitimate chance to win a championship.

  5. dukepatrol - Apr 14, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    This would be huge for the Knicks. If he can give it one more run we might be at least going to Miami for a showdown. He’s that extra little edge

  6. melkipershero - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    The knicks wont be getting those 3’s as easy. Sheeds going to take time to get into playing shape. Melo will never win it all as the main cog. Hero ball doesnt win four 7 game series when teams crank up the defense. Boston upset round 1.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:28 PM

      lmao “crank up the defense”. When you have 8 guys who can hit the 3 and four who can create their own shot, what you’ve seen the Knicks do against the actual threats to win it all in the NBA is a predictor of things to come. And for the last time, before the idiots come in saying the same tired, erroneous BS, the Knicks don’t just stand around and shoot 3s. Melo, JR and Cope all attack the lane, and still, nearly 70% of the Knicks’ shots are NOT 3s.

      Contrary to popular belief.

      • melkipershero - Apr 14, 2013 at 9:02 PM

        Its pretty well known a lot of teams dont give 100% on d throughout the brutal 82 game season. The NYK record goes wayy south when they dont hit a certain number of 3s. If youre a knicks fan you should know something about playoff losses. All Kidd and Novack can do at this point is shoot. Melo and JR are streaky as hell. They might win a series this year for once, but thats it.

  7. dysraw1 - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    ok when will STAT. be ready

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:29 PM

      Start of Semifinal series, earliest. He’s not even ready to scrimmage yet. Still a good two weeks away from being ready.

      • dysraw1 - Apr 16, 2013 at 7:18 PM


  8. cameltoews - Apr 14, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    I would love to see the stat that says its pretty well known teams don’t play d during the 82 game season. I wonder which games the coach allows his teams to not play “hard” defense in?

  9. badintent - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Can’t wait for Sheed to offer KG some Honey Nutting ! Then we have Jones start a fight with KG , get KG tossed for the series and it’s all about the broom ! Sweep. !

  10. andiroid71 - Apr 15, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    Lol! Most teams don’t give 100% on D in the reg season! Yeah, they also happen to be the ones praying on the lottery every year! Knicks have survived on some good play.
    Yeah, at times they ride Melo a lot, but this year it has seemed different. It seems to be coming to him a lot more rather than him forcing it every time. Same with JR.

    Don’t forget veteran savvy guards in Kidd and even rookie Prigioni and Felton have been distributing to the team very well. That of course = fewest turnovers in the league.
    And despite their age, I don’t think I’d like to face a combo including Chandler, Martin, Wallace In the frontline.

    I’d love to see them go far. It’s been a tough season, those Knicks team docs are earning their keep that’s for sure!

  11. cj1403 - Apr 15, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Sheed is you’re edge to beat Miami?

  12. southpaw77 - Apr 15, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    He’s been out there shooting for some time, seen him before the game in Cleveland taking hundreds of shots.

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