Within the last three Knick wins, a player that has been slightly forgotten in New York has been right in the middle of the production. That one player that is leading the charge is Amar’e Stoudemire.
Amar’e has been able to give the Knicks an offensive spark off the bench the last few games. This type of play can help give Carmelo Anthony a rest and the Knicks another option for some timely hoops.
Without worrying about a minutes restriction, Amar’e seems to be a whole lot more comfortable on both ends of the court and it all started against the Nets and Celtics. Facing the crosstown Nets, Amar’e scored 11 points and grabbed four rebounds in a must win game.
Although the team got blown out of the arena against the Celtics, Amar’e contributed a solid 20 minutes shooting 7-of-10 from the line, good for 17 points.
The big test for Amar’e came when he played back-to-back games for the first time all year against the Chicago Bulls Wednesday night. In a season high 30 minutes, Stoudemire just missed a double-double, with 14 points, nine boards, two steals and a block. No bigger basket in the game came from Amar’e in a tie game late in the 4th quarter. After the Knicks blew a 23 point lead and needing a huge basket, a Stoudemire 15 footer hit the bottom of the net to help the Knicks regain the lead.
As all Knicks fans can only hope for a full season of production from Amar’e Stoudemire, this is the type of player Knicks nation were accustomed to watching earlier in his career. With some fans wanting Amar’e to retire at the start of the season, his incredible work ethic has Amar’e trying to prove to everyone he can get back to his old form.