Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 5/4/12
Down 3-0, New York will need another May miracle to come back and beat Miami. At least the guy who had the greatest moment for the Knicks is offering his support. Center Willis Reed, forever famous for limping out May 8, 1970, on a bad knee to help lead the Knicks to a Game 7 Finals win over the Lakers, is watching the East first-round series from his home outside Grambling, La. While New York big man Amare Stoudemire has been bashed plenty for cutting his left hand while whacking the glass surrounding a fire extinguisher, Reed isnt piling on. Its an unfortunate situation, the Hall of Fame center said by phone Friday about Stoudemire hurting himself after Game 2, an injury that kept him out of Thursday's Game 3 and could knock him out for the rest of the series. I feel sorry for him. I dont think anybody feels worse about it than he does. It happens. If they had been leading in the series and then he got hurt and they lost the series, then it would have been a lot more difficult for him. But theyre in a tough situation. They sure are now. No NBA team ever has come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series. Im disappointed, Reed said of the team he played for from 1964-74 and coached from 1977-79 being all but done in the series. I think all Knicks fans are disappointed . But Im rooting for the guys. I think they had a good year. Its just a tough series against a very good team . Theyre basically playing without three starters (injured Jeremy Lin and Iman Shumpert in addition to Stoudemire). Whatever happens this year, it will be a learning lesson. It remains to be seen how fans will continue to react to Stoudemire, who has three years left on a hefty contract and has seen his play decline. Reed cant remember anything like what happened to Stoudemire having occurred when he played. If it did, I sure would have known about it, Reed said with a laugh. The 42nd anniversary of Reed walking out against the Lakers is Tuesday, but Reed shrugged that off, saying he doesn't know if it will even cross his mind that day. It remains to be seen if the Knicks, who play Game 4 Sunday at Madison Square Garden, will even still be alive Tuesday. The Garden was remodeled during the last offseason and the tunnel Reed walked through is no longer there. Reed said he hasnt been to the Garden yet to see the changes, but he said it doesnt matter. As for Sundays game, Stoudemire is listed as doubtful. One supposes there at least is a chance he could pull a Willis Reed and unexpectedly play and help the Knicks to victory. But the Knicks then still would need three more wins to claim the series. If that were to happen, it might supplant Reeds moment as their greatest May miracle. Chris Tomasson can be reached at christomasson@hotmail.com or on Twitter @christomasson
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