New York Knicks All Star Power Forward Amar’e Stoudemire went down
Thursday night with an ankle injury in a game versus the Los Angeles
Lakers and has not played in the last two Knicks games.
After an 114-92 victory over the Sacramento Kings Saturday night, a
game in which Knicks All Star Small Forward Carmelo Anthony called a
“must win” game after losing the first two games on the road trip,
some Knicks fans absurdly talked about Stoudemire not being needed.
His value was front and center in Monday night’s disappointing 90-85
loss to the Toronto Raptors, with the Knicks shooting just 28-78
(35.9%) on the night, including 10-35 (28.6%) from three-point range .
Yes, Carmelo Anthony did score 35 points, but he also took 31 out of
the Knicks 78 shots from the field to score those points.
The New York Knicks have two superstars on the team, and the team
isn’t going any where without both of them not only playing, but
playing well. In Amar’e and Carmelo, you have two players that can
score 30+ on any given night, and each has shown this throughout their
Stoudemire is day-to-day, and if this was a playoff game, he would
have been in the game. We saw Stoudemire’s heart in the playoffs
against the Boston Celtics, when he played despite a serious back
Stoudemire didn’t seem too worried about the injury in comments last
night. “I understand how the game is played so there’s really no
rush. It’s really more so about my health and making sure I’m 100
percent,” Stoudemire said Monday night.
Knicks Head Coach Mike D’Antoni discussed Amar’e’s ankle, which was
still swollen Monday night. “Soon as it goes down, he’ll play. As
long as Amar’e will get back, we’ll be better.”
The Knicks have set high goals for the nucleus of that was on the
court the last two games. But that team will not come close to
reaching those goals without Amar’e Stoudemire.