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 5 years ago '04        #9601
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Hahn

If he plays the rest of the season, @Amareisreal could work his way into #NBA Sixth Man Award contention. More:

Mike Woodson will not budge in making any changes to the starting lineup, but that's not the only reason why Amar'e Stoudemire is likely to come off the bench for the rest of the season.

The former all-star is also expected to remain under a minutes restriction (capped at 30 minutes per game) for the rest of the season. This is a plan set up by the Knicks medical staff to help keep the oft-injured Stoudemire healthy.

"If he's talking about extending his career," Mike Woodson said, "it's a great position to be in."

Woodson later added that "30 is the max, he knows that. I think a lot of things can be done in 30 minutes. That's a lot of time."

Stoudemire has never reached that limit. In 23 games so far, he's averaging just over 22 minutes per game and scoring 13.7 points per game.

Though his defense still needs work -and he puts in a lot of study time watching film - his offense is still as reliable as ever. He's shooting 56.9% from the field and has been a model of efficiency.

In fact, his PER is a solid 21.9 so far this season. As for his Per-36 (his statistics expanded over a 36-minute per game average) forecasts to his career production: 21.6 ppg, 7.8 rpg.

Stoudemire, at 30 and with two years left on his massive contract after this season, is aware that the minutes limitation is for the best.

"I can be very productive in 30 minutes," he said. "That's my motto right now, to come out and be productive, aggressive and efficient in 30 minutes."

And if that production remains steady and, most importantly, leads to wins, Stoudemire could force himself into the conversation for Sixth Man of the Year. By season's end, barring any more missed time, he will have played over 50 games this season. Is that enough?
 5 years ago '05        #9602
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Put my n*gga in the starting line up man Tired of us coming out the gate dull as fu*k... and I'm tired of seeing Melo at the 4... I know he a horse but damn, they got him in there banging with oxes and bulls
 5 years ago '04        #9603
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fu*k you and ur Oregon Trail animals...what you think about that reference P
 5 years ago '05        #9604
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my n*gga
 5 years ago '10        #9605
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Frank Isola

@FisolaNYDN

Rasheed Wallace will have foot surgery and will likely be done for the season.
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I see you Delonte
 5 years ago '04        #9606
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Omri Casspi and Cavs are close to a buyout..would not be mad if he gto scooped

was hoping the Knicks bought another 1st round pick to get dude in the 2009 draft unfortunately they did buy a draft pick but it was for Phoney Thugless


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 5 years ago '04        #9607
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MARC BERMAN

WASHINGTON — Rasheed Wallace’s surgery in which a screw was inserted into his left foot Thursday at the Hospital for Special Surgery was done with his goal of returning sometime during the playoffs.

Wallace could have just called it a career, placed a cast on the foot for 12 weeks and been done with basketball. According to a source, he contemplated that possibility the last several days.

The Knicks, however, announced an eight-week timetable that could put him back on the court in the middle of the first round. But one leading medical expert said Wallace will not be at 100 percent healed after just eight weeks from surgery to repair a Jones fracture of his fifth metatarsal.

Dr. Anish Kadakia, a.ssistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Northwestern University who specializes in Jones fractures, told The Post Wallace could be running in six weeks. Nevertheless, he wouldn’t be 100 percent for 12 weeks.

“After eight weeks, he’ll probably be 90 percent,’’ Dr. Kadakia said. “One hundred percent after eight weeks is not possible and it is a higher risk of failing. But these guys have everything under the sun [to rehab] but speed and jumping is compromised if it’s just eight weeks.’’

Dr. Kadakia has not treated Wallace, but is basing the injury on reports Wallace had a stress reaction before turning into a fracture.

“It is six to eight weeks for an athlete when there’s money riding on it,’’ Dr. Kadakia said. “You can let them go back and play if it’s important like the playoffs. The screw is big enough and strong enough to tolerate the stress you put on it. Those fractures do very poorly without surgery.’’

The Knicks are hopeful Wallace can come back because he’s only needed for about 12 minutes a night. If backup center Marcus Camby can’t stay healthy and Kenyon Martin is a bust, Wallace could be a help deep in the second round.

“It’s very disappointing,’’ Tyson Chandler said. “Rasheed has meant so much to us. He’s a big-time locker room guy. Obviously the time he was on court he was incredible for us defensively. We’ve got to give him a shot to be able to come back. We have to continue to win. Get in the playoffs, go on a nice streak and give him opportunity for another shot.’’

* The Knicks didn’t practice, but coach Mike Woodson has said Camby could make his return from a strained plantar fascia tonight. He’s been out since Jan. 10.

After his Knicks debut Wednesday against the Warriors, Martin said he still needs to prove he deserves another contract after the 10-day expires next week.

“It’s tough for [Rasheed] but it doesn’t mean I’m going to stay past my 10-day contract,’’ Martin said. “To say it’s good news for me, I don’t want to benefit off that. I want my play to be the reason I stay.’’

Martin played 4:48 and didn’t take a shot or get a rebound but was active on switches. He got a big hand when entering.

“It’s a good start,’’ Martin said. “My defense was there. I made a couple of decent traps.”

* The 54-point man, Stephen Curry of Golden State, became the first NBA player to hit 11 3-pointers while having as many as seven a.ssists Wednesday night at the Garden.
 5 years ago '04        #9608
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according to Berman, Camby said he'll be back to play against the Heat (which he also told Berman was his plan the entire time)
 5 years ago '08        #9609
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Camby coming back means nothing cuz woodson wont play him
 5 years ago '04        #9610
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Berman

Woodson gave #Knicks and J.R. Smith earful during film sessions this morn regarding the volume of 3-point shots in Miami game. J.R. took 14, made just 3. Woodson loves J.R. but was pissed. “We discussed it at film session,’’ Woodson said. “ Not just J.R. We’ve been struggling to shoot threes. When you’re struggling, you got to put in more gym time. Or you don’t shoot them. When you’re not making it in a ballgame, you got to mix your game up. It was obviously glaring the game he had,’ watching it on tape. I hope he learns from it. It’s all you can do.’
 5 years ago '04        #9611
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Berman

CLEVELAND — Knicks point guard Pablo Prigioni said he is unsure he will seek another NBA contract this summer when he becomes a free agent. Prigioni added it’s still possible he will return to the Spanish League to finish up his distinguished career.

Asked if he wanted to return to the Knicks next season, Prigioni, the oldest rookie in the modern NBA at 35, said he can’t tell and needs a full season to evaluate. But Prigioni told The Post he is not retiring.

“I will play for some team next year — where, I don’t know,’’ Prigioni told The Post. “It could be in the NBA. It could be the Spanish League.’’

“I need to go to the summer, take it by day-by-day and think about it. But I [will] listen to the Knicks.’’

Prigioni had been a steady part of the rotation all season but did not play in two straight games due to Jason Kidd’s demotion to backup point guard. But Prigioni resurfaced last night and played 8:18.

The Knicks feel there’s a good possibility Prigioni will leave, and are considering replacing him via the draft, in which they have a first-round pick. The Knicks will likely select in the early 20’s and feel there are point guards who would be a good fit behind the Raymond Felton-Kidd combo.

Prigioni wanted to keep his options open during negotiations last summer when he jumped to the NBA from the Spanish League.

“They said, ‘Do you want two years or just one year?’ ’’ said Prigioni, who brought his family from Spain to New York. “And I wanted just one year.’’

Prigioni said he hasn’t hit a wall despite never playing more than 70 games in a European season. Prigoni said because he averaged just 13 minutes a game, the amount of games played were no factor.

* None of the starters hit double figures, with Carmelo Anthony playing just 14:15 and scoring six points (1 of 5 from the field). But four players recorded double figures off the bench — Steve Novak (15 points, 4 of 7 on 3-pointers), J.R. Smith (18 points), Amar’e Stoudemire (22 points) and Kidd (12 points).
 5 years ago '04        #9612
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CLEVELAND — Carmelo Anthony went down and Amar’e Stoudemire rose up.

With Anthony aggravating a mysterious, nagging, right-knee injury in the second quarter, Mike Woodson was forced into playing Stoudemire past his 30-minute, team-imposed cap for the first time this season.

It was a desperate move and it worked splendidly. Stoudemire carried the Knicks from 22 points down in the second quarter and powered a thrilling 102-97 victory over the Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena, playing a season-high 31:55.

As Anthony sat in the locker room, his immediate fate unknown, Stoudemire bagged 22 points, made 10 of 15 shots and looked like “The $100 Million Man’’ again. It was tied for the Knicks’ second-biggest comeback since 1991-92.
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After Carmelo Anthony left the game in the second quarter with a knee injury, Amar'e Stoudemire emerged with 22 points in a season-high 31:55 of playing time.

“I told you guys, whenever my number’s called I’ll be ready,’’ Stoudemire said in a giddy Knicks locker room. “Tonight I was ready.’’

A somber Anthony claimed the injury is not serious, although the medical staff still can’t determine why he’s been in discomfort for about two weeks. Anthony left the game midway through the second quarter after tripping over himself and landing hard when he tried to receive a Jason Kidd pass.

Melo, 1-of-5 at the time, walked off to the locker room with the club down 21 points with 6:42 left in the half and didn’t return.

Stoudemire came in for Anthony and the Knicks (36-21) exploded on a 10-0 run — the foundation for their comeback.

“When there’s a will, there’s a way,’’ Stoudemire said. “We willed out a win tonight.’’

Anthony said he doesn’t know if he’ll be ready for Detroit tomorrow; he’ll be reevaluated today.

“No, no. It’s definitely not serious,’’ Anthony said.

Anthony said an MRI exam was done two days ago and “came back great.’’ No new MRI is scheduled after manual tests last night revealed no ACL tear.

“I felt before the game I was like dragging my right leg,’’ Anthony said, adding “It’s nothing we can figure out at the moment.’’

Stoudemire looked as healthy as ever and he’s the one on the 30-minute plan because of bad knees. Not last night.

“We went over by a little, oops,’’ Mike Woodson cracked.

Stoudemire capped the big night, with a big game-sealing basket — spinning down the baseline, having his shot blocked, regaining and laying it in to put the Knicks up 99-95 with 42 seconds left. Stoudemire beat his chest running back downcourt.

The timing for Stoudemire couldn’t have been more precious. Stoudemire was benched for the final 7:52 in the Miami loss and Woodson was pilloried for it. Before the game, Woodson said it was vexing for him to figure out Stoudemire’s role under the 30-minute cap imposed by the medical staff but planned to increase his workload. And did he ever?

“I feel great,’’ Stoudemire said of the extra playing time. “I’ve been a competitor my whole career. I’ve had a lot of success in this league. It’s a matter of being ready when my number is called.’’

The Knicks got off to one of their worst defensive starts in recent memory, allowing Cleveland to hit 22 of its first 27 shots, allowing journeyman Marrese Speights to go 7-of-7 in the first quarter and 10-for-10 by halftime. The Cavaliers were shooting 81.5 percent midway through the second quarter as the Knicks were a sleepwalking disgrace, suffering from a Miami hangover.

“I was thinking about leaving the building,’’ Woodson said.

He would have missed a great comeback. Kidd was terrific, sinking a giant 3-pointer with 1:38 left to put the Knicks up 98-91 and grabbing a clutch offensive rebound with 6.3 seconds left, getting fouled. He made 1-of-2 free throws to make it a three-point game and Tyson Chandler sealed it with a block of Kyrie Irving at the 3-point line.

In an oddity, none of the five starters hit double figures, but four bench players did.

“Guys were gritty tonight,’’ Woodson said. “After we lost Melo, guys really started to f!ght. Amar’e was fantastic. We got him right at 31 minutes. We were just trying to time the minutes for him.’’
 5 years ago '05        #9613
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we in here
 5 years ago '04        #9614
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@jonahballow

Woodson says he will most likely go w/ Felton, Shump, White, Thomas, Chandler if Melo can't go #Knicks
 5 years ago '08        #9615
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James white still starting
 5 years ago '10        #9616
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Diglett starting White and Thomas?
 5 years ago '04        #9617
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Based Hahn

#Knicks final shot WAS a set play, but turned into a forced shot. Woodson explains and JR's admission are all here:

Woodson drew up a final play that involved lots of action away from the ball (several screens at the top of the key) once JR Smith had it in his hands with just over seven seconds left in the game. If you take a look at the photo posted here (courtesy of @Geeeeemen, who sent it to me via Twitter) you can see Smith had plenty of space to make a move to the basket and then react to the defense accordingly.

He had Amar'e Stoudemire near the high post for a dive if help defense arrived. But the play never got that far. Smith only looked to the clock, never to his teammates to see if anyone had gotten open.

"We didn't get guys to fire off like they should have," Woodson said of the final play. "Once he actually caught it, he looked up at the clock when he caught it and faced. He could have just gone [to the basket] because [the Thunder defense] was plugged into their guys."

Woodson said Smith "could have ripped-through and went to the rim."

Instead, Smith settled for two fakes and a contested fade-away from 20 feet, the most difficult of any option he had available (aside from a skyhook, I guess).

"I really should have went to the basket," Smith said afterward.

Smith had been cooking through three quarters, with 31 points. But in the fourth, with length defenders Thabo Sefolosha and Kevin Durant on him, Smith went 2 for 9, including 1 for 5 from downtown. On the final play, he had Russell Westbrook on him.

Smith had buried two buzzer-beaters this season in Charlotte and Phoenix. Both were on fall-away shots.

"He's made a couple of those that have won games for us going that way," Woodson said.

This would have been a good one to steal, especially without Carmelo Anthony, but while Smith got the Knicks to the end, he couldn't finish it.

"It was a high-scoring night," he said of his Knick-high of 36 points, "but id doesn't mean anything coming out with a loss."
 5 years ago '04        #9618
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Johnette Howard

The leftover paranoia from the New York Knicks' barren years still trails them. But once you get past the funky starting lineups that Mike Woodson has run out lately (Kurt Thomas? James White?) and ignore how half the Knicks' banged-up roster is old enough to remember way back when d!ck Bavetta had hair, the Knicks showed a little something against the Oklahoma City Thunder Thursday night that suggested their cynics really ought to relax a little.

The Knicks again displayed a trait that gives them a chance to be a threat come playoff time.

When you put one of the NBA's best teams in front of them, the Knicks turn into giant k!llers.

If Oklahoma City didn't know that about the Knicks before pulling into the Garden, they should have. The Thunder should have anticipated the Knicks might throw a scare into them, even though New York was missing Carmelo Anthony for a second straight night, and OKC had Kevin Durant, who began the night leading Anthony in the NBA scoring race by a sliver (28.6 to 28.2 PPG). Here's why: Four long months since the Knicks' 18-5 start, there's a pattern to this Knicks season that remains clear.

The dreg teams of the league don't especially inspire the Knicks. And their 'been there, done that' veterans aren't able to sustain the same level of energy every night. But throw a big-game target in front of them like the Thunder, who began the night with the league's third-best record, and suddenly the Knicks recapture everything that got them off to their great early-season start. The Knicks' defense comes alive. Their 3-pointers start to fall. Suddenly, center Tyson Chandler is getting those putback dunks around the rim again, Amar'e Stoudemire is scoring off the bench and the good J.R. Smith shows up.

Smith had a season-high 36 points in Anthony's absence Thursday. And if he could've scratched out just one more hoop among the final two shots he took for the Knicks in the final 33 seconds, the Thunder would've gone down instead of escaping with a 95-94 win.

The Knicks weren't supposed to make it even that close.

In addition to missing Anthony, the Knicks were playing their fourth game in five nights while, Oklahoma City rested the night before. Yet the Knicks still tossed out the sort of game that felt like a throwback to their season-opening start that made them the talk of the NBA.

Nothing during that stretch validated the Knicks more than their 2-0 record against the Miami Heat and a win in San Antonio, which now owns the best record in the NBA. Those wins were the first thing that stamped the Knicks as a legitimately good team this year, back when no one was sure what to expect. Even now, all these months later, that trio of early wins -- plus another one the Knicks added over the Spurs on Jan. 3 -- remain their touchstone. The Start still colors all perceptions and spiked-up expectations about how good this Knicks season can be, especially when considering they were seven points short this week of being 6-0 against the three best teams in the league.

Now granted, those memories can seem like a bad thing when people scream the Knicks should be better than the wildly erratic effort they had on Wednesday against lottery-bound Detroit. The Knicks do still have the second-best record in the Eastern Conference.

But The Start is a good thing that makes the Knicks believe they can come out in a game with the odds of beating the Thunder stacked against them, and nearly steal a win that they're not supposed to get without Anthony. Given the looks the Knicks had at the basket near the end, they thought they actually should've pulled it off.

"I thought it was going to be an even better night," Smith said, referring to how he faded to a 2-for-9 shooting finish in the final quarter after a sizzling 12-for-20 start.

Then, same as Woodson had in his postgame press conference minutes earlier, Smith second-guessed how he went for a jump shot just before the buzzer rather than drive to the rim for a game-winning try with just seconds left.

He missed.

It happens.

But it doesn't change the fact that what this flawed Knicks team lacks is often offset by how hard they simply f!ght.

Woodson groused a little about their end-game execution even as he praised their effort. And he was right. There are times when the Knicks forget to move the ball around, and look like they may never reach 10 a.ssists for an entire game.

Marcus Camby has barely played this season, and Jason Kidd is hoping to catch a second wind. Rasheed Wallace is out with a broken foot and Kenyon Martin was signed off the couch to take his place a couple weeks ago.

Woodson has been patching rotations and lineups together ever since. But look: Martin was just the latest Knick to find his game when it mattered. He fouled out against Oklahoma City. But not before coaxing two alley-oop dunks out of his 35-year-old legs and laying out Durant with a hard foul as Durant (34 points) seemed heading to the rim to dunk -- a statement play by Martin that Woodson praised as "old school."

It would be nice if the Knicks could muster the same intensity against everyone, not just when one the league's best team is in town and they're on national TV. But given what they are, it's probably unrealistic, too.

The Knicks could never say this too much out loud, but face it: They're a veteran team now stuck in the dog days of March, and they already look like they're thinking of the playoffs -- or, more accurately, staying healthy enough to make a run once the playoffs arrive.

That approach may cost the Knicks a few games here or there if they don't k!ll themselves against the Detroits and Washingtons of the league as they do against the Thunder or Heat. But taking the long view is smart.

The Knicks know it's more important to be playing their best by April into May, not now. They're rolling the dice that all the great stuff they did during The Start -- that demonstrated ability of theirs to play like giant k!llers against big-time teams -- will be there again when they need it most.

"We're the type of team, we're going to battle you," Chandler said Thursday night. "You win some, you lose some. But when you play like that, you can accept games like these."

The Knicks just missed bagging another big-game target Thursday. But to borrow one of Woodson's favorite words, they "absolutely" think there's no one they can't beat. Now the Thunder know it too.

Come playoff time, that's a pretty good trait to have.
 5 years ago '04        #9619
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It looks like Amar'e Stoudemire will miss the rest of the regular season.

The only thing Knicks fans can do now is hope New York plays like the team that started the year 21-9 with Stoudemire out due to injury.

It might seem harsh to ask so soon after the news of Stoudemire's latest setback with his knee, but it's worth considering: Can the Knicks be better without Stoudemire?

They averaged 102.6 points per game with an average scoring differential of plus-6.1 points per game with Stoudemire out.

With Stoudemire in the fold, the Knicks went 16-13, averaged 97.2 points per game and had a scoring differential of plus-2.2.

Of course, it would be incorrect to correlate the 16-13 record directly to Stoudemire's presence. The Knicks suffered through several injuries (Raymond Felton's finger, Rasheed Wallace's foot) after Stoudemire returned. He also can't be held responsible for their poor outside shooting over that stretch.

But with Stoudemire out, Carmelo Anthony might have the opportunity to play more minutes at power forward. Anthony -- who has missed three games with a knee problem of his own -- established himself as an early-season MVP candidate in the first two months by dominating against bigger, slower power forwards. Can he reignite the campaign with Stoudemire out?

Also, it's worth wondering if the Knicks' defense improves with Kenyon Martin filling in for Stoudemire, who is widely recognized as a poor defender.

NO WAY! THEY'RE BETTER WITH AMAR'E: Mike Woodson called Stoudemire's injury a "major loss" for the Knicks because Stoudemire is a "big piece of the puzzle." It might sound like coach-speak, but Woodson was speaking the truth.

In 29 games this season, Stoudemire averaged 14.2 points and five rebounds in just 23.5 minutes, shooting 58 percent from the field.

In recent weeks, Stoudemire had established himself as a strong low-post threat off the bench -- and that's what the Knicks might miss most.

"When you start playing playoff basketball, you need some post-up play ... [and] that's where Amar'e was so valuable for us," Woodson said.

How do the Knicks replace that post play? Anthony is a threat with his back to the basket, but no one else on the roster can score consistently in the post.

The Knicks can offset the loss of paint points with 3-pointers, but without a post player to draw the defense, it's easier for opponents to defend the perimeter. And the bench scoring will certainly take a hit with Stoudemire out.

Here's something else to consider: The Knicks score 40 percent of their points in the paint when Stoudemire's on the floor. They scored just 32 percent of their points in the paint when Stoudemire's on the bench. That's an indication that his post presence will not easily be replaced and an indication that this Knicks team might not be better off without him.
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Berman

SAN FRANCISCO — Amar’e Stoudemire sent a message to his fans last night to not count him out. Ever.

On the verge of undergoing right-knee debridement surgery as soon as today, Stoudemire posted on his Twitter account: “To my true fans who understand my heart...This is the life that the most high chose for me. I have to keep my faith in him. I will return again & again & again to help lead the Knicks to f!ght for a championship.’’

Stoudemire was last seen in the Knicks locker room late Thursday night after their loss to Oklahoma City, wearing a bright red sports jacket, a brooch he bought in Paris, a black fedora, and a long chain with a large Star of David charm. He looked like $100 million and said he felt that way too, despite the added minutes.

Suddenly, after an MRI exam on Saturday, he is out six weeks, which would coincide with the first round of the playoffs. However, Stoudemire needed eight weeks to return from left-knee debridement surgery to clean out particles from a ruptured Baker’s cyst.

This procedure may be more serious, as medical experts believe Stoudemire will have fragments of articular cartilage cleaned out. When enough articular cartilage is worn away, microfracture surgery is needed. Stoudemire already underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee.

The medical staff put Stoudemire on a 30-minute cap to protect his knees, but the past week’s workload may have been too much. His minutes were lifted from the 24-minute range to 32, 31 and 29 the past three games.

With Stoudemire’s surgery coming two weeks after Rasheed Wallace’s foot surgery, the signing of Kenyon Martin by general manager Glen Grunwald has proven genius. In the past two games, Martin has shown he can be the defensive demon Wallace was. Martin was signed at the trading deadline as insurance for Wallace and Marcus Camby, and the policy has paid off.

“I’m just taking advantage of the opportunity,’’ Martin said. “I’m blessed to be here. It’s unfortunate I have to benefit from someone’s injury, but it’s part of the game.’’

Martin even showed some offensive panache the last two games, scoring 10 points (4-of-6) against the Jazz on Saturday in 21:34, following his breakout performance against the Thunder on Thursday, when he had two buckets — a putback dunk and alley-oop slam.

“He brings such a spark off the bench,’’ Tyson Chandler said. “He plays at such a high intensity. He’s such an excellent defender. He’s been incredible for our second unit. He’s such a physical presence down there defensively. He’s a great communicator, out there talking.’’

The Knicks will miss Stoudemire’s low-post mastery but not his defensive instincts.

“When you’re talking about getting deep into the playoffs, Amar’e had really established himself to help us on that low block,’’ coach Mike Woodson said. “We need that when you start playing playoff basketball. You need to start mixing it up. We’re going to miss that.’’

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Banished rookie Chris Copeland could become a factor again to make up for Stoudemire’s scoring. Until Saturday, when he scored 12 points in 7:21 of garbage time against the Jazz, the Belgian Leaguer hadn’t played since Feb. 20. Woodson was upset with Copeland’s defense, but he proved earlier this season, he can shoot the 3-pointer and drive to the basket.

“Cope can score the basketball,’’ Woodson said. “He’s going to be valuable for us. When I’m in a pinch, I need guys who can score. I’m not going to hesitate to throw Cope in. I’ve just got to get him committed on the other end. I wouldn’t be doing my job if I just let him go one way.’’
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