Just when things started to go well for the Knicks, Amar’e Stoudemire goes down with a back injury. It didn’t seem like a big deal at first, but now Amare’s looking for a second opinion from doctors and that’s not good news. This is bad timing considering we have tough games coming up and worst of all, the season is winding down.
The Knicks are not only trying to stay in the playoff standings, but they’re also trying to move up where it’ll leave them with a better opportunity to advance deeper into the playoffs. We’re still not sure how serious Amar’e’s back injury is, but we have to prepare for the worst. We need Amar’e in order to continue our playoff push, but I also feel that as long as everyone else on our team can stay healthy, we have a shot.
The Knicks are a very deep team. The two possible replacements for Amar’e are: Jared Jeffries (when he becomes available) or Josh Harrelson. Another possibility that I feel may work would be to shift over Melo to the four. He’s a good rebounder who can also post up. I feel that moving him to the four spot would cause problems for opposing defenders. If you shift him to the four, the starting five could consist of Tyson Chandler, Carmelo Anthony, Landry Fields, JR Smith and Jeremy Lin. I feel this lineup can make up for Amar’e’s absence.
The players will just have to step up. With Amar’e, we had a balanced offense. Without him, we can still have a balanced attack, but I feel we will need a little more scoring from Melo and Tyson, who I feel can make up for Amar’e. Tyson has shown in the past that not only can he defend, but he is more than capable of scoring as well. I think the Knicks will be able to keep their playoff push and title hopes alive even if we don’t have our superstar and leader, Amar’e. We’re one of the very few teams that have the luxury of having a very deep and talented team. My thinking is that we are going to see a lot more Melo and Tyson on the offensive end. Get well, Amar’e and keep your head up!