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.