The New York Knicks have stated that they will play Amar’e Stoudemire for Game 3 of their best of seven series against the Indiana Pacers. This has been the thought all along as the Knicks big man was targeting Game 3 at Indiana for his return date. The Knicks have said they will play him about 10-15 minutes. Stoudemire had surgery for right knee debridement and hasn’t played in a game since March 7.
With the series tied at one game, many hoops aficionados think the return of Stoudemire could ruin the Knicks chemistry they have had while he’s been out. Coach Woodson doesn’t care though and has stated numerous times that if he’s suited up, he’s playing.
The New York Knicks have established a playing-time plan for Amar’e Stoudemire, stating that the power forward will play between 10 and 15 minutes Saturday in his return from knee surgery.
Woodson laid out a more detailed plan Thursday after Stoudemire did not experience any setbacks during his recovery.
“It won’t be very many minutes,” Woodson said. “I’m thinking somewhere between 10 and 15 minutes, if that.”
The Knicks also are taking into account Stoudemire’s return earlier this season from left knee debridement.
“We have talked about [managing expectations],” Woodson said. “I thought maybe we might have pushed a little too much early on, so we’ve got to be really cautious this time around — just to make sure that we’re doing the right things with him.
“It’s not that we didn’t think that when he came back the first time, but this time, we really have got to be cautious. He understands; he has no choice.”
Stoudemire doesn’t care how much he plays — he just wants to help the team any way he can.
“It’s whatever. It’s a matter of will,” Stoudemire said. “I can play whatever the coaching staff wants me to play. … Any time you get on the court, you have a chance to make an impact on the game. So if I’m able to play for Game 3, however time coach Woodson puts me in for, I’m going to definitely contribute.”