With Amar’e Stoudemire returning from his recent back injury that kept him out of 13 games this season, the Knicks now have a much better chance of defeating the Miami Heat in Round 1 of the playoffs.
I know the Heat blew them out 100-67 Saturday night.
I know Iman Shumpert tore his ACL and won’t be playing the remainder of the playoffs.
I know Tyson Chandler has the flu and didn’t look like himself at all in Game 1.
But this series is not over just yet. A win tonight for the Knicks erases Saturday’s dreadful series opener and restores confidence as the series heads to MSG for Games 3 and 4.
To get this done, though, Stoudemire is going to need to play like it’s 2007, when he was considered one of the most dominant power forwards in the game.
Here are three reasons why Stoudemire’s return will lead the Knicks past the Heat in Round 1.