After a skirmish with Marvin Williams in Friday’s game vs. The Atlanta Hawks, Shawne Williams received a one-game suspension. Under normal circumstances the absence of Williams would not make too big of an impact on the Knicks game plan, but Williams was already starting in place of Wilson Chandler (calf) who is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Detroit Pistons. To go along with the absence of Chandler and Williams, Amar’e Stoudemire has a minor knee injury and is also questionable to play against Detroit. This will stretch the usually tight Knicks rotation very thin.
It’s official! Amar’e Stoudemire has been named an Eastern Conference starting forward for the 2011 NBA All-Star Game. Thank you, Knick fans, for all of the votes to bring this deserving bid to fruition. Stoudemire is the first Knick to start in an NBA All-Star Game since 1992. Please leave your praise for Amar’e in the comments!
After two years of trading away talent, contracts, and draft picks, the New York Knicks headed into the summer of 2011 hoping to rebuild their franchise. The hype surrounding the Knicks was insurmountable. For years, New Yorkers and NBA fans alike heard about LeBron James and his desire to play on the big stage of Madison Square Garden. Knicks fans expected LeBron’s “decision” to be an easy one, but James instead decided to join Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami and form an all-star trio.
This is unreal-
Tonight, the New York Knicks travel to Portland for the third leg of their four-game road trip to take on the Blazers.
The Blazers, coming off a tough loss at home to the impressive Heat (lost in OT after leading by seven points with a little more then two minutes left) have played very well this season at home. The loss to the Heat snapped an eight-game home win streak and dropped their home record to 12-4.
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A night of high excitement for the Knicks ended in embarassment and disappointment for them and us, the fans.
The Knicks came into last night’s game as winners of three straight, including a huge win over San Antonio. The Knicks played a pretty solid first half, and only trailed by 4 at the break.
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When people talk about how well the Knicks have been playing, a common response is that “they have had the easiest schedule in the league, their record is not impressive.”
The Lakers (26-11) will host the Knicks (21-14) at the Staples Center Sunday night. Lakers-Knicks games always draw a ton of excitement, but this is the first time in about 10 years that the game should be competitive. The Knicks score the ball phenomenally but have trouble keeping their opponents out of the paint. This is primarily due to the lack of size on their roster. The Lakers rank third in the league in points in the paint per game (45.7) and will be attacking the Knicks frontline all night. It is crucial for Amar’e Stoudemire to stay out of foul trouble because while the Lakers front line is very large, Amar’e should be able to dominate them on the offensive side.
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Rebounding: Knicks 59 – Suns 34
Assists: Knicks 24 – Suns 15
Amar’e Stoudemire: 23 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 assists.
Raymond Felton: 23 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists.
At 10:30 EST tonight Amar’e and the Knicks play the Suns in Phoenix. This is the first time this season that Stoudemire has returned to his old home. This should be an exciting game from start to finish because both of these teams like to push the ball.