It was reported by Ian Begley of ESPN that Amar’e Stoudemire could return to the New York Knicks lineup by Game 3 of the second round of the playoffs against the Indiana Pacers.
Amar’e Stoudemire, who hasn’t played since March 7 due to knee ailments, can hopefully inject some offense to this Knicks unit that has been struggling to make some shots in the playoffs (read: Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith). Stoudemire has played in only 29 games this season, and has been out for a long time, but he will be able to contribute something.
He was playing well coming off the bench, and worked well with the second unit. It would also help Woodson play with lineups, allowing him to move Carmelo Anthony to small forward and starting big men Tyson Chandler and Kenyon Martin to go against a big Pacers team, if the Knicks start to struggle.
Originally, the big man’s return date was supposed to be for the start of the second round, which started today, but Stoudemire has not had any contact since his last game in March, so it would be a good idea for coach Mike Woodson to put Stoudemire in some scrimmages first, to get some contact in.