Amar’e Stoudemire’s demanded, and he delivered.
Stoudemire hinted that he was unhappy with his playing time earlier this week. He’s gotten more minutes in his last two games, and he’s responded with strong production.
In his last two games, Stoudemire’s averaging 16 points on 59 percent shooting in 21 minutes.
After scoring 15 points in 21 minutes against Portland last week, Stoudemire had a message for Knicks fans.
“I have a lot of talent left in this body. I got room to still improve as a player and become my dominant self again, which I feel that I’m that now,” Stoudemire said. “... I got a lot of games left in this body.”
Stoudemire has had three knee surgeries in the last 15 months. He entered the season on a minutes limit due to concerns over his knees. But he’s been one of the bigger surprises off of the Knicks bench, when healthy.
“I feel better than I did when I first got here. My body feels just as strong,” Stoudemire said, referencing his first season in New York in 2010. “My game feels like it’s polished a little bit more since that first year. So I feel great.”
Felton bounces back: Raymond Felton had a strong night on Friday against Denver. The Knick point guard had nine points and eight assists in 29 minutes. Felton had struggled in the two games prior, averaging five points on 23 percent shooting in 29 minutes.
Tyson Chandler says Felton played with a regained confidence against the Nuggets.
“Mental,” Chandler said when asked about Felton’s struggles. “Raymond has all the tools and he has to understand that his whole team is behind him. We believe in him and I think he took all of that and he came out and played tonight like it.”
Dog days: The Knicks honored Orlando, the hero guide dog, with their monthly Sweetwater Clifton Award on Friday night. Orlando leapt onto the subway tracks after his owner, Cecil, collapsed onto them. Both dog and owner survived as subway cars passed over them. Orlando received a standing ovation from the Garden crowd on Friday night.
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