Amar'e Stoudemire Steps Up against the Cleveland Cavaliers After Carmelo Anthony Injury

By Joseph Wolkin
David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Tripping over yourself isn’t fun. If your name is Carmelo Anthony, you probably want to cry right about now. Anthony is tied for the NBA scoring title with Kevin Durant at 28.6 points per game, but that can all change depending on how badly Anthony was injured.

As the New York Knicks were playing the Cleveland Cavaliers, Anthony tripped over himself while not a lone player was around him. The injury occurred during the middle of the second quarter as he appeared to have injured his right knee during the fiasco. It’s unknown if Anthony will be out for the team’s next game against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday. If Anthony is out for an extended period of time, it could be a major loss for the Knicks.

The Knicks haven’t had much of an offense over the past few weeks. As the team’s best closer, Anthony is a key part of their offense late in games. Now that he’s hurt, the Knicks will have to turn to their secondary players and hope for the best.

However, one player showed he can easily replace Anthony if given the opportunity. Amar’e Stoudemire, who’s been playing better after each game since he returned from a severe injury a few months ago, stepped up against the Cavaliers.  Stoudemire has been mediocre since his return but showed he can play at his old level this evening.

After Anthony’s injury, Stoudemire led the Knicks throughout the rest of the game. He was able to rack 22 points and had six rebounds with a block. It may not be the numbers that he used to put up, but it helped the Knicks come back from a 22-point deficit to beat the Cavaliers.

Stoudemire proved that he could be a leader for the Knicks. However, the spacing between Tyson Chandler and himself probably won’t work out too well in the long run. Head Coach Mike Woodson should be able to figure out something though just like he did on Monday evening.

Joseph Wolkin can be followed on Twitter at @JosephNASCAR.

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