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Amar’e Stoudemire to get 10-15 minutes in Game 3, Woodson says

May 9, 2013, 3:52 PM EDT

New York Knicks forward Stoudemire shares a laugh with teammate and guard Smith after he entered their NBA game with the Portland Trail Blazers during the second quarter in New York Reuters

Amar’e Stoudemire is back.

Going against the big front line of the Indiana Pacers, Stoudemire’s size could be a plus — if he’s not too rusty after being off since March.

Woodson said Stoudemire will play limited minutes in Game 3 on Saturday. Stoudemire told the New York Post he knows he can’t be rusty like he was last time he came back from the same surgery in January.

The Saturday comeback is on schedule as Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Thursday he plans on giving Amar’e Stoudemire 10-to-15 minutes in Game 3 as he gears up for his first outing since March 8….

“I expect to contribute the best I can,’’ Stoudemire said today. “I don’t have time to find my rhythm. I have to be ready from the start. That’s what it’s going to be.’’

The Knicks are tied up with the Pacers 1-1 heading back for Game 3 in Indiana this weekend — and they know on the road they are not going to get any 30-2 runs. They have to bring the defense they had in the second half of Game two and it would be nice to get some points out of J.R. Smith. The Pacers are not going to make things easy.

They also are not going to get any smaller, so if Stoudemire can give the Knicks 15 solid minutes off the bench it would be a big boost. But Woodson will have him on a short leash; the Knicks margin for error on the road will be pretty small.

  1. fanofevilempire - May 9, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    welcome back, we need you.

  2. readysethike - May 9, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    better go hard Amare, because rumors has it, the Knicks may amnesty you this offseason

    • sellahh - May 9, 2013 at 4:41 PM

      chauncey billups

      • tuberippin - May 9, 2013 at 5:20 PM

        and what a sound move that turned out to be

    • brutl - May 9, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      Rumor has it your sources don’t follow basketball.
      Knicks already used their amnesty clause!

    • eventhorizon04 - May 9, 2013 at 4:54 PM

      Knicks can’t amnesty anyone anymore.

      They already used the provision on Chauncey Billups, and teams can only use it once.

    • stoudemelo - May 9, 2013 at 7:23 PM

      Dummy

  3. yousuxxors - May 9, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    he can’t do any worse than our bench has been doing.

  4. Mr. Wright 212 - May 9, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Cannot amnesty anyone now that they used it on Billups. Timing may have dictated otherwise, but I wish they had just simply traded him or used the cap savings once his contract came off the books. Then again, no one expected Stoudemire to miss an entire season’s worth of games in the past two years, either.

    The only thing the Knicks can hope for is that he plays well in whatever minutes he gets in these playoffs, comes back healthy without injury next season and try to move him next summer, when he will be entering his walk year — making him an attractive piece with those $23M coming off SOMEONE’S books the following summer.

  5. vilelabyrinth - May 9, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Please, could we get one more ‘they can’t amnesty again’ comment..if amar’e can play the way he was before he went out..The knicks have a real shot of moving on…also, where has JR been?

    • tuberippin - May 9, 2013 at 5:20 PM

      ‘they can’t amnesty again’

      • fanofevilempire - May 9, 2013 at 7:06 PM

        they should amnesty him, I wonder if the Knickerbockers
        General Manager will reads these posts.

  6. eboneseagles - May 9, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    I find it an intriguing storyline what they’ll do with a healthy Amare and Melo next year. Do you start them both with melo playing the 3? Or does stat come off the bench for the better of the team? Who knows…

    Anyway, should be a positive thing unless his skills are so off that Earl Barron would have worked better.

  7. gostlcards5 - May 9, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    I actually like this possibility for Indiana. He is just now reportedly ready, but admittedly rusty. He doesn’t play defense. Hell, play him for 48 minutes, please…Woodson. ;)

    Seriously, I like A’m’a’r’e (although I never know where to put the apostrophe in his name), so I hope that if he does come back, he is effective and doesn’t get hurt again. I do still want Indiana to win, though!

  8. sellahh - May 9, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    For all the talk about amnesty, isn’t there also a so-called stretch provision which would allow them to spread Amare contract for more years. I think he has like 2yrs/20mln left on his contract so they could probably stretch it for like 5yrs/8mln.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 10, 2013 at 12:27 AM

      2 years, $45 million, and they could choose to spread it, but it really makes no sense when they are likely to be redoing this team over completely in three years, with only Anthony remaining (if they don’t make a move this summer for Jefferson or next summer for James).

  9. johnmiked - May 9, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    We all know you can’t Amnesty his contract for the 9 billionth time they did it with Billips. They do have options but they all suck. The best option is to hope we get two decent years from him and the truth is even a bad Stat is still better than most 6’11” guys in the league.

  10. dysraw1 - May 10, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    having STAT back is good its another big, which this team needs

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