The Knicks Get A Boost With The Return Of Amar’e Stoudemire
With Knicks head coach Mike Woodson claiming he will cut back on minutes played by J.R. Smith should he not shake his shooting woes, the Knicks expect to get back, in limited fashion they say forward Amare Stoudemire who has been out since surgery on his knee on March 7th.
The Knicks-Pacers series moves to Indianapolis for games 3 and 4. Game 3 is Saturday night at 8 p.m.
Amare last played on March 7th and was playing well after a previous knee surgery. The surgery's were called a debridement. The Knicks feel they may have pushed Stoudemire a bit too much. He was under a "strict" per minutes plan at that time and in the last few games before he went down.
Woodson, speaking to reporters after a Knick practice on Thursday vowed this time not to extend Stoudemire. Woodson says the plan is to play Amare between 12-15 minutes per game and " No More."
Of course the Pacers will have some say about that plan. Indiana has beef and length. Score and situation will also dictate minutes for Amare.
Of course Woodson's job would be easier if J.R. Smith would get his act together. Smith has been in a shooting slump since his absurd elbow to the face of Boston's Jason Terry in game 3 of Knicks-Celtics in round 1. Rumors have also surfaced that Smith has been hanging in the clubs and taken smitten with Pop superstar Rihanna.