Stoudemire finishes a dunk over Portland's Victor Claver
After not scoring in the first half, I was beginning to wonder just how much this injury was going to affect the explosive Stoudemire. However, my worrying stopped as Stoudemire played a stronger second half.
Of the three baskets which Stoudemire made, one was a layup and they other two were powerful dunks.
While his overall game is definitely still lacking, the ferocious dunk Stoudemire threw down in the third quarter was a reminder of just exactly what Stoudemire does well and what he can bring to this New York Knicks team. As J.R. Smith penetrated the Portland defense, he dished to his left to Stoudemire who soared over Claver, and threw down a powerful dunk over the Portland defender.
Stoudemire brings power and energy to the Knicks on the offensive end, and hopefully will soon be able to bring that to the defensive end as well.
Amar'e has never been known for his defense. But, if he can improve that under Woodson, and continue to return to his former level of offensive greatness, he can help out this Knicks team by giving them a seriously need scoring threat beside Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler and more interior defense.
Whether he does that off the bench or starting in the next couple months will not matter.