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Knicks targeting Game 3 return for Amar’e Stoudemire

May 5, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

New York Knicks' Stoudemire celebrates a basket against the Charlotte Bobcats during their NBA basketball game in New York Reuters

Amar’e Stoudemire has been out of the Knicks lineup since undergoing knee surgery in early March.

The timetable for his return was said to be up to eight weeks, and should his rehabilitation continue to progress, we could see him as scheduled, and early as Game 3 of New York’s second round playoff series against the Pacers.

Knicks head coach Mike Woodson said Stoudemire has already been ruled out for the first two games of the series, which begins on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

From Ian Begley of ESPN New York:

Woodson said Stoudemire will scrimmage with his teammates on Thursday. If his knee responds well, he will scrimmage again on Friday.

“If he feels fine after Friday, then I think we will play him Saturday,” Woodson said.

Some have expressed concern over how Stoudemire would fit into the Knicks’ lineup. New York finished the regular season 17-6 with Stoudemire out and won its first-round series against Boston without him.

At this stage of the playoffs, getting healthy bodies back in your rotation is definitely a positive, and team chemistry is never so fragile that a player like Stoudemire can’t be returned somewhat seamlessly if he’s indeed healthy enough to contribute.

Woodson has already said that he wouldn’t hesitate to play Stoudemire as soon as he’s ready. With that time rapidly approaching, Knicks fans are going to have to trust that Woodson knows best, and that he’ll monitor both Stoudemire and his team’s rotations closely upon reinserting him back into the postseason lineup.

  1. eboneseagles - May 5, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    People blow the whole “stat can’t play with melo” thing up to more than it should be. If he plays he’ll be coming off the bench with the 2nd unit. It pretty much boils down to who you would rather have playing backup PF, Novak or Stat. I think that’s an obvious answer. I’ll also throw in that the heat have no good low post defenders, and if the knicks make it there Stat could give them trouble.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 5, 2013 at 10:00 AM

      That’s because they can’t think for themselves. Pure herd mentality; just like that “live by the 3, die by the 3″ garbage, as if the Knicks just stand around and shoot 3’s all game.

    • brutl - May 5, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      Not as obvious as you’d think.
      Melo and JR both need space, and they get a lot more of that with Novak waiting for the spot up 3.
      Stat is over rated as a post man, besides.

      • eboneseagles - May 5, 2013 at 12:36 PM

        That’s actually a decent point, but Novak hasn’t been on the floor with Melo once this postseason so it’s irrelevant.

  2. fanofevilempire - May 5, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    as long as the scoring champ gets 25 attempts and the sixth man of the year gets 20 attempts
    the Knickerbockers will win the series vs Pissers.

    Melo has been playing awesome without Jeremy Lin, how does he do it?

    Melo has gotten to the second round despite not being coached by George Karl, how did he do it?

    Melo has to be the man with the ball at the end of games see Boston game 6.

    Stat will be welcomed back but not at Melos expense.
    This is Melos team now!

    • dexterismyhero - May 6, 2013 at 8:42 AM

      How did that work out in Game 1 A$$HOLE!

  3. jbeagles23 - May 5, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Wrong the heat will put battier on an injured stat and he can work him enough to throw his game off. However at the other end stat can’t cover battier when he stretches the floor. The heats versatility is far superior to that of the Knicks

    • eboneseagles - May 5, 2013 at 10:59 AM

      Battier in the low post? Good luck with that. I think he’s very overrated defensively (see melo dropping 50 all over him).

      • irvness21 - May 6, 2013 at 10:51 AM

        I hope he meant Haslem in the post against Stat. Besides i really dont think they gonna make it past the Pacers. West and Hibbert are monsters in the middle and Melo cant play the 4.

    • asimonetti88 - May 5, 2013 at 1:40 PM

      You are aware the Heat are playing the Bulls, right? Not the Knicks?

  4. tombstone7 - May 5, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Amare’ should stay home….this is Melo’s time!

    • money2long - May 5, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      it’s 5 on 5. not 1 on 5. melo needs teammates.

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