Friday, March 29, 2013
Chandler, Amar'e eye return before playoffs
By Nick Borges
The New York Knicks are without Tyson Chandler (neck injury) and Amar'e Stoudemire (right knee debridement), but both are hoping to return before the playoffs start. Chandler will definitely play before the regular season ends in 20 days. Stoudemire could be out until next season if the knee doesn't feel right.
"It actually happened I think at the perfect time because it gives me a chance to have hope to return for the postseason," Stoudemire told ESPNNewYork.com. "If I feel 100 percent by the postseason, then I should be ready for next season as well, but if not, then I'll probably have to wait until next season."
The Knicks, with all the injuries, have surprised many as they've won six consecutive games and are fighting the Pacers for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. A key has been the play of Kenyon Martin.
Stephen A. SmithMartin provides Knicks with options
"Thank coach Tom Thibodeau. Make sure to pick up the phone and dial that 312 Chicago area code to extend your gratitude, Carmelo Anthony. Because James and Dwyane Wade got beat up. Because the Bulls got out on Heat shooters and showcased the advantages of physicality over athleticism and marksmanship. And as a result, the Knicks can now make the argument they've got a legitimate chance of their own to upend the defending world champions. All because of Kenyon Martin. Yes, I said it! ... Forget the fact Martin is averaging just eight points and five rebounds. Pay attention to the impact he's had instead. The Knicks are more physical with Martin, bigger and more intimidating. And because of it, suddenly the notion of going up against Indiana or Chicago -- two teams that have had their way with the Knicks thus far -- isn't as daunting, not to mention the options K-Mart provides in the event New York is lucky to face Miami in the playoffs."