Mar 6, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire (1) in the second half against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE
First of all, we learned last night why Amar'e Stoudemire hadn't been talking to reporters since getting injured. Why answer questions from the media when you can just put on your fashion hat, kick back on your leather couch, and deal with all the issues at once on your own terms? Stoudemire only says that he'll be back before the postseason in that video, but the word in the papers remains that he'll return tonight when the Knicks play the Cavaliers in Cleveland. While Amar'e is expected to start, Marc Berman hears that he won't play his full complement of minutes just yet:
Stoudemire, according to a source, will have his minutes capped and use the game to start getting back into game shape.
Sounds wise. I'm soooo looking forward to seeing Amar'e back out on the floor, though I'll admit to already being a bit wary of how we'll all respond if he looks a little shaky or if he and Carmelo Anthony don't hum along swimmingly like bros on a tandem bike. If Melo has his first poor shooting night in a while, folks are going to shit. Just remember: If anything goes wrong, it's not Amar'e's fault and it's not Melo's fault. It's nobody's fault but Robert Randolph's. (The Cavs are SUCH a "Friday Night Knicks" team. I'm kinda nervous.)
Update: Forgot to consider this, but Mike Woodson will take this opportunity to make another lineup change. Iman Shumpert, not Landry Fields, will start at shooting guard tonight.