Amar’e saves Knicks while possibly turning a corner in win over Bulls

Josh Newman

Simply saying that Amar’e Stoudemire played his best game of the season on Wednesday in the Knicks’ 83-78 win over the Chicago Bulls would not do his effort justice.

amare_stoudemirePlaying the second end of a back-to-back for the first time this season, Stoudemire saved the Knicks. He saved them from yet another embarrassing home loss in a game they once led by 23 points.

Having already played a mostly productive 25 minutes, Knicks head coach Mike Woodson put Stoudemire back in the game with 4:44 to play and the Knicks leading, 74-70.

The game was tied at 74 after a Joakim Noah tip-in, but with 2:34 left, Stoudemire hit an 18-foot jumper to break the tie and give the Knicks the lead for good.

That jumper topped a highly-encouraging 14-point, 9-rebound effort in a season-high 30 minutes after he played 27 on Tuesday evening at the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“It was great, to be out there playing in a desperation game down the stretch, it feels good, I’ll tell you that much,” Stoudemire said. “A lot of hard work has been put in this year to get back in top shape.”

“This is the longest I’ve been able to play him and he’s really looked good in the last two games,” Woodson added. “It’s kind of nice to see in terms of starting the season only being able to play him a certain amount of minutes and couldn’t play back-to-back. His minutes have gradually grown, so we’re starting to benefit from it.”

Stoudemire has scored in double-figures in four of his last five games and hasn’t looked better this season. He passed a big test on Wednesday by playing extended minutes on consecutive nights for the first time all season.

Now, the question becomes whether or not this can become a regular thing. If Stoudemire can keep this up, it adds an important dimension on both sides of the ball the Knicks have not had.

The Knicks will not practice on Thursday in advance of another back-to-back set consisting of a trip to the Boston Celtics on Friday and a matchup with the Atlanta Hawks at MSG on Saturday.

As expected, Stoudemire plans to take Thursday as a recovery day before playing in both games this weekend.

“My personal goals are out of the roof because that’s what keeps me motivated, keeps me determined and helps me improve as a player,” Stoudemire said. “As far as how I feel now, I feel great, I feel strong. I’m never satisfied, I want to continue to get better. I’m getting back into a rhythm and my confidence is starting to rise a little bit more.”




5 comments
donche
donche

Deron Williams/KG/Vuecevic(Orlando big)/Derrick Rose/Jimmy Butler/Deng/Rondo


List of players we didn't face that we would of in the past couple of games.


just saying...lets be patient before we get excited 

PeteyWheatstraw
PeteyWheatstraw

As long as STAT & K-Mart listen to their bodies and take the needed rest they can be productive all season. 

Sal Aspromonte
Sal Aspromonte

Ehhh, they need to win a few in a row against teams that aren't completely depleted before I start believing that they have turned a corner.  Let's see how they fair the rest of the month as they will be versing very mediocre competition excluding OKC and if you want to include Memphis.  If they can string together some wins and climb back up the standings before New Years, then maybe I'll be ready to agree that the Knicks are turning a corner.  



I'm tired of seeing all my teams lose (Mets, Jets, Knicks).  Come on Knicks, give me something to cheer about!  I'm not even asking for a title run at this point, I just want you guys to be entertaining and competitive!  

bigdishing
bigdishing

Foolish to get our hopes up with STAT but yeah, great game. The real story is the fact that we need him so desperately because JR Smith, who is supposed to be the second scorer/best player on this team, is garbage and has been a cancer on this club going back to last year's playoffs.  

dogmanx23
dogmanx23

This game was turning the corner? Wishful thinking. We still looked horrible against a team that can't score and nearly blew this game. 


Knicks have 6 games before the schedule gets brutal again.