The New York Knicks have had a great season so far, with a record of 21-8 without power forward Amar’e Stoudemire. The Knicks have been led by Carmelo Anthony, who is averaging 28.5 points per game.
Despite a tough loss to the Lakers on Christmas day, the Knicks came back strong with a 99-97 win against the Suns without Carmelo. J.R. Smith dropped 27 points, and hit a fade away buzzer-beater to give the Knicks the win.
It isn’t surprising that the Knicks are playing so well, given the talent they have. However, what has made them click into a hot streak?
Could it be the absence of Stoudemire? Or is it the addition of Jason Kidd, Raymond Felton, and Marcus Camby?
Maybe a combination of both, but I can assume that most Knicks fans are not looking forward to Amar’e Stoudemire’s return. Last year, with Stoudemire, the Knicks averaged less points per game than they do now without him.
Many ESPN talk shows have discussed the possible negative effects of Stoudemire’s return, and as a Knick fan, I hope Amar’e can prove them wrong. But for now, the Knicks are one of the top teams in the NBA, and definitely a force to be reckoned with in the Eastern Conference.
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