As the 2013 NBA Playoffs march on, the New York Knicks are about to get some additional help in their second-round series against the Indiana Pacers.
As expected, the Knicks have announced that power forward Amar’e Stoudemire will return to the lineup on Saturday as the series shifts to Indianapolis.
However fans that are expecting Stoudemire to make a big impact on the series may have to think again as Stoudemire will be limited to between only 10-15 minutes in his return from knee surgery.
“It won’t be very many minutes,” Knicks head coach Mike Woodson said. “I’m thinking somewhere between 10 and 15 minutes, if that.”
Stoudemire hasn’t played since March 7 while recovering from a right knee debridement, but having him out there could be a boost, regardless of the minutes restriction.
He scrimmaged for the second time this week on Thursday. He looked quick and explosive with his low-post moves and was able to take strong contact down low and finish around the rim. That was a big improvement over his first scrimmage on Tuesday when he looked very rusty.
The Knicks have a challenge on their hands facing Indiana’s skilled front court which features Roy Hibbert, David West and Tyler Hansbrough. Adding some more size in Stoudemire gives Woodson some more options as he could play two big men for extended periods of time if necessary.
Who knows exactly what STAT will bring to the table at this point, but before he was injured again, Stoudemire was playing very well. He averaged 14.2 points and 5.0 rebounds on 57.7 percent shooting in 29 games played on the season.
As the Knicks attempt to advance to the Eastern Conference finals, it’s good that Stoudemire will get the opportunity to take part in things as he has earned the opportunity.
Just hide the fire extinguishers.
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