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Amar’e Stoudemire practices with Knicks, seems likely for Game 3


Just one game into the second round, the return of Amar’e Stoudemire to the Knicks seems far more important.

The Knicks need size to help combat the Pacers’ front line, so the return of Stoudemire to the rotation would be a big boost. Making it news that Stoudemire played in a 3-on-3 scrimmage in practice on Monday for the first time since knee surgery earlier in the season.

Afterwards Stoudemire spoke to the media and Howard Beck of the New York Times was there.

Woodson has already said Stoudemire will not return for Game 2, Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

How much help Stoudemire could offer remains to be seen, but the Knicks small-ball rotation that got them this far ran into trouble against the front line of Pacers with Roy Hibbert, David West and Paul George. Even 15 minutes a game off the bench from Stoudemire would be a boost as the Knicks are going to play more Kenyon Martin as they try to match up.

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.