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Reports coming our of New York are saying that the Knicks may be getting Amar’e Stoudemire back for the 2nd round of the eastern conference playoffs. The collective target seems to be game 3 against the Indiana Pacers, a series in which the Knicks will surely need to size and inside presence. #Knicks target Game 3 for Stoudemire’s return. Details here: espn.go.com/new-york/nba/s… — Ian Begley (@IanBegley) May 4, 2013 The Knicks sort of wandered their way through the last 3 games of their first-round series against the Boston Celtics, after finishing the season strong, and they’ve really seemed to struggle against physical teams all season. The Knicks won’t expect the Pacers to tone down the defensive pace during round two, and the sheer size of the Pacers may be more than most teams can handle in a defensive favored type of playoff atmosphere. Amar’e has been trying to get back, and head coach, Mike Woodson, has monitored his development as he nears his return. “If he feels fine after Friday, then I think we will play him Saturday,”Woodson said. Despite what the naysayers tend to believe about the team’s chemistry with Stoudemire, Woodson obviously believes the power forward will give them added diversity as they approach what will, no doubt, be a very physical round of play. “If he’s right he can help us a lot. There’s no doubt,”Woodson said. Amar’e can add an element of scoring from the 4 and 5 positions that the Knicks lack with Chandler and Kenyon Martin. Stoudemire’s ability to create his own shot and finish inside and out will help the Knicks create matchup problems against the bigger Indiana squad. The burden of making sure the offense flows with two ball-stoppers (Melo and Amar’e) will fall on Mike Woodson, as he looks to prime the Knicks to face-off with their next opponent in the eastern conference finals.
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Funny how things change after a loss.
The Knicks arrived at Madison Square Garden for Game 5 dressed all in black to signify the funeral of the Celtics season. This was apparently news for Knicks coach Mike Woodson. From the Boston Globe:
I didn’t know about it until this (Thursday) morning,” Woodson said. “I made reference to our guys that we need to stay out of the paper...
There has been talk that the Knicks could get Amar'e Stoudemire back if they advance to the second round of the playoffs, and that remains the case.
Mike Woodson said this week that he wants to get Stoudemire some practice time to see how his knee responds. Stoudemire has missed New York's last 28 games following surgery. He underwent a debridement in early March.
Amar’e Stoudemire was expected to miss approximately six weeks after undergoing a knee debridement on May 11, and now at the eight week mark, the Knicks forward is eyeing a Game 3 return in the second round series against the Pacers.
According to Ian Begley, ESPN New York:
New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson has targeted Game 3 of the Knicks-Pacers series as the date for Amar’e...
The Knicks defeated the Celtics on Friday night, advancing to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2000.
"Well, it's just another step," coach Mike Woodson said after the game. "It's a major step for this organization, for our fans in New York who've been with us for many years. The players that put in all the time this summer to get...
Mike Woodson said on Saturday it is unlikely that Amar'e Stoudemire returns to the New York Knicks in either of the first two games of their second round series against the Indiana Pacers.
But Woodson did say Stoudemire might play in Game 3 of the series.
Stoudemire has played just 29 games this season due to lingering knee injuries.
To many Knicks fans' displeasure, Coach Mike Woodson sometimes tends to prefer isolation offense more than anything else. Of course, there are times where Woodson is simply otherwise forced to depend on such offense, feeding the ball to the likes of Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith, milking them both for all they've got.As the Knicks know quite well, such a strategy still leaves...
The idea that Mike Woodson might realize that this man needs to be more involved should be frightening to Celtics fans.Note: I was too depressed to write a playoff playbook post after Game 3, and after Game 4, I was just relieved Boston wasn’t going to be swept. Now that the Celtics seem to have made this into a real series once again, let’s take another in-depth Xs and Os look...
After eliminating the Boston Celtics 88-80 on Friday night, New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson said forward Amare Stoudemire could return to play in Game 3 against the Pacers in Indiana. The 30-year-old Stoudemire was averaging 14.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 0.7 blocks over 29 games before a cyst burst in his right knee in early March. Long a gimpy bastard, the six-time All-Star...