Five Takeaways: Knicks Offense Stalls As Indy Takes Game 3

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Amare’s Return


Amar'e Stoudemire finally got back on the court in Game 3, even if it was just for nine minutes. In that time, he scored seven points and grabbed two rebounds, which would be good for 28 points and eight rebounds per 36 minutes. Stoudemire is unlikely to see anything near 36 minutes the rest of playoffs but if he can be productive in his short stints it alleviates a lot of pressure on J.R. Smith and Carmelo Anthony. He was also one of the few Knicks players without a negative plus-minus rating for the game.

Look for Coach Woodson to get Stoudemire more involved as the series progresses. They clearly need a boost on offense, and a different way to generate open looks off the pick-and-roll -- a Stoudemire specialty. Don’t be surprised if Amar'e gets near the 15 minute mark in Game 4, and even spends some time as a small ball center next to Carmelo Anthony for a short stretch.

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