Amar’e ‘In Tune’; Ready to Go for Game 3
The worrisome prospect of Amar’e Stoudemire being as rusty as a 1962 Indy race car is not the only issue the Knicks carry into Bankers Life Fieldhouse tonight.
The Knicks are hoping three days off between games have helped. Their second-round series against the Pacers, deadlocked at 1, finally resumes with Game 3 as the Knicks try to retake home-court advantage. Game 4 is Tuesday in Indianapolis.
Now Stoudemire, who has not played since March 8, likely will be added to this equation. Nobody knows what to expect, including coach Mike Woodson. The last time the Knicks visited Woodson’s home state, in February, the burly Pacers embarrassed them by 34 points, and Stoudemire finished 1-of-5 for seven points. That’s when Stoudemire was sharp.
“I don’t want to replay that in my head,” Woodson said of that February night. “I’m thinking positive vibes.”
“He’s followed the first two games of the Indiana series,” Woodson said. “He’s in tune to what we’re trying to do. It’s my job to weigh things out, what he looks like on the floor. I’m not going to risk what we got going. But I am going to play him and see where he is.”