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Amar’e Stoudemire practices with Knicks, seems likely for Game 3

May 6, 2013, 3:47 PM EDT

Amare Stoudemire, Marcus Camby AP

Just one game into the second round, the return of Amar’e Stoudemire to the Knicks seems far more important.

The Knicks need size to help combat the Pacers’ front line, so the return of Stoudemire to the rotation would be a big boost. Making it news that Stoudemire played in a 3-on-3 scrimmage in practice on Monday for the first time since knee surgery earlier in the season.

Afterwards Stoudemire spoke to the media and Howard Beck of the New York Times was there.

Woodson has already said Stoudemire will not return for Game 2, Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

How much help Stoudemire could offer remains to be seen, but the Knicks small-ball rotation that got them this far ran into trouble against the front line of Pacers with Roy Hibbert, David West and Paul George. Even 15 minutes a game off the bench from Stoudemire would be a boost as the Knicks are going to play more Kenyon Martin as they try to match up.

  1. pantsfreezone - May 6, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    So the Knicks are throwing in the towel already, eh?

    • eboneseagles - May 6, 2013 at 5:02 PM

      You hicks win a game and act like you won the series lol, good luck getting 16 points out of DJ Augustine every night.

      • erckle31 - May 6, 2013 at 5:03 PM

        Good luck getting Melo to shoot >40%.

      • eboneseagles - May 6, 2013 at 5:10 PM

        Melo (who i may remond you is the league’s scoring champ)shooting above 40% is far more likely than DJ Augustine having double digit scoring the rest of the series. Stephenson and Augustine both had career games on Sunday, without them the knicks win while playing terrible.

      • brutl - May 6, 2013 at 5:35 PM

        You call Melo the scoring champ like it matters.

        Really, he’s a shot jacker. I used to refer to Kobe that way, but how can I when Melo took more shots per game and has a lower shooting %.

    • erckle31 - May 6, 2013 at 5:22 PM

      What’s your point? He can shoot and score all he wants, just less ball movement and shots for his teammates. So you’re saying Lance and DJ’s games don’t mean anything? People don’t watch the Pacers very much, but Stephenson went from scrub to legitimate starter this year (mostly for his defense and hustle). There’s always gonna be players who step up their games in the playoffs (look at the Bulls). I’ve yet to see that from the Knicks outside of JR and Melo.

      • eboneseagles - May 6, 2013 at 5:25 PM

        I’m saying without them having career games the knicks would have won. And that’s while playing terrible, so imagine what will happen when 2 of your players don’t have career games and the knicks play with some type of cohesion and heart. It’s a wrap.

      • erckle31 - May 6, 2013 at 5:33 PM

        It’s never that simple, although the Knicks played terrible, have you given it a thought that the Pacers just match up favorably to the Knicks small lineup? The Knicks’ performance can be as much attributed to the Pacers’ defense as much as their terrible shooting. The inside threat that West and Hibbert pose leaves Augustin and the other guys more open.

    • badintent - May 7, 2013 at 2:30 AM

      Things to do In Indy.
      Watch the corn grow.
      Watch Peyton Manning….. on TV commericals
      have sex with first cousin in corn field
      Husk corn
      Talk about ND and Manti “girlfriend”(not his first cousin)
      Grill corn
      Visit French Lick
      Eat corn.

  2. Mr. Wright 212 - May 6, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Don’t you love it when people jump to conclusions after one game?

    Ask the Nets how that worked out for them.

  3. lakerade - May 6, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    About as hotly anticipated as the Lakers waiting for Jordan Hill to return to provide his big man boost. And likely just as effective too. I’d challenge Amare to prove me wrong but it’s not a contract year so not happening.

    • eboneseagles - May 6, 2013 at 9:19 PM

      Did you seriously just compare Stat to Jordan Hill? Even if freakin Hakeem showed up the lakers would have gone nowhere, well probably not but you get what I mean.

  4. erckle31 - May 6, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Chemistry destroyed.

  5. eboneseagles - May 6, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Series x-factor?

    • eventhorizon04 - May 6, 2013 at 5:55 PM

      It really depends on how close to 100% he is. It’s tough for a player to miss 2 full months then get re-inserted into the lineup for the first time in the middle of a playoff series.

      A fully healthy and in rhythm Stoudamire adds another potent scoring option for the Knicks and provides depth to their front-court when matching up against Hibbert and West.

      An unhealthy and out of rhythm Stoudamire disrupts the flow of the Knicks’ offense and could be a bit slow on his defensive rotations.

      So we’ll see how it goes.

      • gostlcards5 - May 7, 2013 at 12:55 PM

        “A fully healthy and in rhythm Stoudamire” may be a good scoring option, but he’s never been known for his defense. Even if he does score, if he plays like a matador on the opposite end, will he really be doing the Knicks any good?

  6. caeser12 - May 6, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    This series isn’t about how Stat will fit in. It’s about J.R. Melo hitting shots, Chandler playing like he’s 7’1 instead of 6’1, and Woodson somehow figuring out how to be a damn Coach and not this placating Father figure. 1 game does not a series make (see: Clippers), but these cats need to play with a little more smarts, heart, energy, passion, and whatever “Win one for the Gipper” type adjectives that can be thrown out there. Go NY.

  7. dysraw1 - May 6, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    yo getting STAT back couldn’t hurt a thing

  8. jbeagles23 - May 6, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Any player that puts up 35 shots for 35 points shouldn’t even get the scoring title

    • badintent - May 8, 2013 at 1:54 AM

      LIKE MJ and Kobe ? Check. right. next

  9. sdb74 - May 6, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Could be wrong but appears Knicks may be in trouble here. They have no answers for Pacers size, physicality, & toughness. Knicks are a jump shooting team. They need Carmelo to make 45% of his shots & he may not be capable of that. Knicks would be wise to involve Felton in the pick & roll all game in Game 2, not just the 1st quarter.

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