Are the Knicks better without STAT?

Could Amare Stoudemire’s injury actually be a positive for the Knicks? The All-star forward is likely to be out for the rest of the season with a bulging disk in his back, and most would think that this will be detrimental to the Knicks’ playoff push. Yet they won without him against their main contender for a playoff spot, Milwaukee, and Carmelo Anthony finally started scoring again, dropping 28 points and pulling down a team high 12 rebounds; no easy feat with Tyson Chandler in the line-up. Without Stoudemire, or even Lin in the Bucks game, lets Carmelo Anthony do exactly what he wants to do-shoot and score the ball without having to share. Of course for the Knicks to be successive on a higher level, as the city seems to absolutely crave, all of their big name pieces need to come together and start clicking. Yet without a defensively flawed Stoudemire, the Knicks suddenly go from a team that seems to run faster down one end of the court, to a more balanced team. Jared Jeffries will more than likely come into the starting line-up, a player who is almost the fundamental opposite to Amare Stoudemire. With Landry Fields, Chandler and Jeffries the Knicks have three defensively minded players, one ball stopper in Melo, and a point guard who is able to get the lesser offensive players involved. Are the Knicks a better team without STAT? I don’t think so. Are the Knicks a better defensive team without him? No doubt. Will they win more games with him on the sideline? That is something that we will soon find out.


Posted on March 28, 2012, in New York Knicks and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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