Miami Heat v New York Knicks - Game Three

Woodson thinks Amare Stoudemire will play Sunday


Not sure this really helps much, but it’s not like things are going to get worse.

Amare Stoudemire took part in drills with the Knicks Friday morning and coach Mike Woodson expects him to play in Game 4 Sunday, tweets Howard Beck at the New York Times. Woodson was able to catch passes, dunk and use the hand he tore up by smashing it into the glass casing of a fire extinguisher in Miami. The fire extinguisher won.

The Knicks are down 0-3 to the Miami Heat in the first round and the Heat’s suffocating defense is the reason. In theory having another weapon the caliber of Stoudemire on the floor will help attack a defense, but it hasn’t worked that way. This season the Knicks were six points per 100 possessions worse when ‘Melo and Amare were paired than when it was just ‘Melo. Mike Woodson’s offense flows through ‘Melo — in game 6 he had 26 shots and Stoudemire nine. Which was why he was frustrated and hit a fire extinguisher.

But at this point, it can’t hurt, can it?

Khris Middleton dunks, Jimmy Butler can’t stop him (VIDEO)

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Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.

Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.

Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.

Somebody looks comfortable: Paul George drops 20 in first quarter

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Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.

His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.

George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).

As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.