New York, NY- If it can only get worse for Mike Woodson and the New York Knicks. Just days after their All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony was listed as day to day with knee soreness, Amare Stoudemire will be sidelined for a procedure he needs done to his knee. Less than a few hours before last night’s game, the announcement was made. After an MRI, earlier in the day, it was revealed that Stoudemire would need a surgery to remove some debris found in the knee.
Stoudemire had previously missed the first two months of the season with the same issue. Then the recovery time was eight weeks, in which limited the amount of minutes that Mike Woodson would be allotted to play the former All-Star. Six weeks is a “best case” scenario, according to team sources. Amare’s numbers have been pretty solid since the beginning of March, averaging 17 points per game along with grabbing almost 6 rebounds per game.
What will this bode for the Knicks during the final lap of the Eastern Conference playoff race? Their schedule only gets tougher from here, despite their lopsided 113-84win over the Utah Jazz at Madison Square Garden last night. There are only 4 games that separate seeds 3-6. When Amare and Carmelo return it is possible that the Knicks can find themselves in the middle of the pack and trailing the Brooklyn Nets for the Atlantic division title. Looks like we will be seeing a lot more of the JR Smith we saw against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday.
Avery Mullen, MBA – Beat Writer