NYT: Is Stoudemire returning to form?
Sure looks like it! My take over at Off the Dribble:
In the game last Thursday against the Celtics, with time winding down and his team’s 10-point lead nearly erased, Amar’e Stoudemire leapt up from the paint and over Kevin Garnett. With a touch both delicate and confident, Stoudemire tipped in a J.R. Smith miss to give the Knicks an 86-82 lead with just more than three minutes remaining.
The Knicks went on to beat their Atlantic Division rival, 89-86, their first win in Boston since 2006.
Stoudemire’s put-back was not the most important play of the game, but it might have been its most emblematic – the exclamation point on a vintage performance without which the Knicks most certainly would have squandered yet another late lead against the Celtics.
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