There’s no clearcut return date for Amare Stoudemire.
But he appears to be making progress.
Before Wednesday’s game in Milwaukee, Stoudemire ran a full-court drill for the first time in his pre-game rehab sessions. Stoudemire ran up and down the floor with assistant coach Kenny Atkinson, converting on dunks and layups.
He also shot from the perimeter and worked in the post against Atkinson.
The next likely step is for Stoudemire to take contact.
J.R. Smith called his 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks a “regular shot.”
Some would call that the understatement of the season.
Smith’s 3 with 1:07 to play gave the New York Knicks the lead for good in a game they flat-out had to have on Wednesday night.
The 111-107 victory over Milwaukee gave the Knicks (30-28) a two-game lead for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. A loss would have put New York in ninth place and out of the playoff picture because the Knicks would’ve been on the wrong end of a head-to-head tie-breaker with the Bucks (28-30).
The Knicks improved their chances of making the playoffs last night, playing inspired basketball in what was easily their most important game this season.
J.R. Smith had one of those games where you kept waiting for interim coach Mike Woodson to pull him. Smith's shot wasn't falling and he made some costly mistakes on defense, including twice fouling Mike Dunleavy, Jr. as he was taking a three-pointer. But Smith rewarded Woodson for his faith.
In a messy shootout that finally ended when J.R. Smith hit a 3-pointer to take the lead for good, the Knicks fended off a challenge for the eighth position in the Eastern Conference.
Andrew Bynum had the most rebounds in the N.B.A. this season as Los Angeles won without the injured Kobe Bryant.
Chris Paul scored 24 of his game-high 31 points in a dominant second half display to carry the Los Angeles Clippers to a last-ditch 100-98 road victory over the West-leading Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.
Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 34 points, Wesley Matthews had two baskets in the final minute and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Golden State Warriors 118-110 Wednesday night despite missing All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge.
George Karl was in a foul mood after his team squandered a 24-point lead and nearly the game against a Minnesota Timberwolves squad playing much of the contest without its star player.
Chris Paul scored 24 of his game-high 31 points in a dominant second half to carry the Los Angeles Clippers to a last-gasp 100-98 road victory over the West-leading Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.
Paul Pierce overcame a miserable shooting game with a key jumper in overtime and Rajon Rondo finished with a triple-double with 20 assists, 10 points and 10 rebounds to lift the surging Boston Celtics to an 88-86 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.
J.R. Smith hit a 3-pointer for the lead with 1:04 left, and the New York Knicks held on to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 111-107 on Wednesday night in a game that could turn out to be critical to both teams’ playoff hopes.
Blake Griffin’s last visit to his hometown resulted in one of the most forgettable games of a young career that’s already been filled with highlights.
Rudy Gay scored a season-high 32 points and the Memphis Grizzlies won their fourth straight with a 104-93 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.
Andrew Bynum had 16 points and 30 rebounds, the most in an NBA game this season, and the Los Angeles Lakers didn’t need Kobe Bryant to blow out the San Antonio Spurs 98-84 Wednesday night.
Jason Smith scored 22 points, hitting 10 of 12 shots, to lead the New Orleans Hornets to a 105-96 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.
Gordon Hayward scored a season-high 29 points and the Utah Jazz helped their fading playoff hopes with a 103-91 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.
An unintentional elbow ended the night early for Kevin Love and sent him to the hospital.
With Kobe Bryant sitting out, Andrew Bynum grabbed an N.B.A. season-high 30 rebounds as Los Angeles surprised the Spurs.
The relationship between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, which evolved from hatred to friendship, is the subject of the new Broadway play “Magic/Bird,” which opened Wednesday night.
Danny Granger scored 23 points, five in overtime, and George Hill made a dagger 3-pointer in the extra session, lifting the Indiana Pacers to a 104-98 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
Thaddeus Young scored 17 points, Nikola Vucevic had 12 and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Toronto Raptors 93-75 on Wednesday night, an important victory in their chase of a playoff berth.
The Knicks got what they came here for, eighth place, and then Carmelo Anthony reminded everyone that they still haven’t clinched eighth or anything else, yet. Anthony was absolutely correct.
The Knicks didn’t nail down a playoff berth last night but they took one giant step in securing entry into the postseason for the second straight year.
Baron Davis’ health continues to be a major concern. The veteran guard, who injured his neck in Tuesday’s loss to Chicago, played just 19 minutes Wednesday night and had five turnovers.
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