New York Knicks Still Have Problems Despite Amar'e Stoudemire's Return

By A.J. Speier
Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Entering Amar’e Stoudemire’s first preseason game of the year, most people were expecting the New York Knicks to utilize his new post moves, but instead they relied on three-pointers.

Stoudemire, who had been out with a bruised knee, was the lone bright spot on the team against Toronto Raptors, offensively. He shot 8 of 11 from the field, finishing with 18 points and five rebounds.

“It felt great to be back out there, and get back in the swing of things,” Stoudemire said. “It was a great feeling.”

The Knicks used a balanced attack in the first half, but switched to more isolation plays in the second half, involving more three-pointer shots attempted. The Knicks struggled with their three-pointers throughout the game and ended up making just 5 of the 27 three-pointers they attempted.

Carmelo Anthony led the team with 24 points, but he took 20 shots that could’ve gone to Stoudemire. He also missed all seven of his shots from beyond the arc instead using his spin move to score baskets.

When it came to rebounds, Stoudemire’s knee injury seemed to hamper his ability to compete with Jonas Valanciunas. The Raptors won the rebound battle 45-32 and had 16 offensive rebounds compared to the Knicks’ seven offensive rebounds

Being without Marcus Camby hurt the Knicks’ defensive presence, especially since Stoudemire and Kurt Thomas finished the game with five fouls each.

The good news is that it’s only preseason, but with injuries to Ronnie Brewer and J.R. Smith, the Knicks have plenty to worry about. Jason Kidd and James White are receiving playing time at shooting guard.

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