With Amar’e Out, Can Knicks Make Playoffs? by Derrel “Jazz” Johnson

The New York Knicks Will Go Nowhere Without Amar'e Stoudemire

The New York Knicks Will Go Nowhere Without Amar'e Stoudemire

Amar’e Stoudemire hasn’t had an all-star worthy season this year as he
did last, but in the last five games, he had begun to look similar to
the player from last season, averaging 19.0 points and 8.6 rebounds on
a sizzling 58% from the field. Unfortunately for the New York Knicks
and their fans, he now resembles the player we saw as the Knicks
season came to an end in the playoffs against the Boston Celtics, as
it was announced he would be “out indefinitely with a bulging disc in
his back” at Knicks interim head coach Mike Woodson’s pregame press
conference.

“You are talking about 17, 18 points and 8 rebounds” Woodson said
about the production from Stoudemire that will be lost. Tyson
Chandler talked about Amar’e’s injury and injuries in general. “We
really don’t know what his condition is but I just feel bad for him
because I know how passionate he is. It just seems like it is one guy
after the next but we battle through it. When a guy goes out it gives
an opportunity for another guy to step up.”

I asked Carmelo Anthony after the game about Stoudemire’s injury.
“Indefinitely could mean a lot of things. I really don’t know what’s
really going on with that. I’ve asked questions, I’m not really
getting any answers right now, nobody seems to know. I’m trying to
get in contact with Amar’e to see what it’s really about. I know he
went and got a second opinion. We will see what happens but to hear
that he is out indefinitely really hurts us as a team. He is one of
our guys, our leaders. He’s been coming around, it seems like he got
his legs right, his body right so to see him go down like that right
now is just sad news for us, for me being one of his teammates.”

With 16 games to play in the 2011-2012 NBA season, the New York Knicks
lead the Milwaukee Bucks by 2.5 games for the final playoff spot in
the Eastern Conference after they defeated the Bucks Monday night at
Madison Square Garden. But with Stoudemire out indefinitely, Jared
Jeffries and Bill Walker out, and Anthony and Jeremy Lin nursing
injuries as well, the Knicks not only aren’t the potential playoff
juggernaut once perceived, they are no longer a lock to make it to
postseason play.

In their final 16 games, the Knicks face several of the NBA’s top
teams, including Atlanta, Orlando and Chicago twice each, as well as
Indiana, Miami, Boston and the Los Angeles Clippers. The Knicks have
also shown that no victory is guaranteed, losing to some of the NBA’s
worst, including Charlotte, New Jersey, New Orleans, and Toronto, who
have a combined 49-146 (.251) record. The players on the Knicks had
expressed a desire to catch the Philadelphia 76ers for the Atlantic
Division, who are now tied with the Boston Celtics for first place,
but with Stoudemire out, and 2.5 games behind both teams, combined
with a tough schedule ahead, that becomes an unrealistic goal.

If the New York Knicks are to make the playoffs, they will have to
continue the sharp defense they have played under Woodson, where they
have allowed only 86.0 points per game. Unfortunately, without the
all-star caliber talents of Amar’e Stoudemire, the Knicks aren’t a
lock to make the playoffs, and will not be a serious threat if they
make it that far.

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3 Responses to With Amar’e Out, Can Knicks Make Playoffs? by Derrel “Jazz” Johnson

  1. Tony says:

    This has been a roller coaster season for the Knicks….So must promise at the beginning, then the crash to 7 games under .500, then the outta nowhere surge from Linsanity, then another crash after the return of Melo, the resignation of Mike D….a week of resurgence…now Stat’s injury when they really need a big push to get into the playoffs….man this ride is killing me…lol

  2. patton26 says:

    I think they will still make the playoffs. Sure, they are battling injuries, but I think this is exactly where Melo carries them into the playoffs. And I think that we will be seeing the Knicks vs the Heat in the first round of the playoffs. Now that would be great to see!

  3. They should make the playoffs, but they won’t. Their inconsistency and now the loss of Jeremy Lin will keep them out.

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