Amar'e Stoudemire hopes he will get to see more minutes after a talk with Knicks coach Mike Woodson Saturday morning.
The forward has become increasingly frustrated with his restriction of 10 minutes per game. Stoudemire entered Saturday night's game averaging 2.8 points and 1.8 rebounds in 9.8 minutes of play. He scored five points in 14 minutes in the Knicks' 110-90 loss to the Hawks.
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"It's making me look like my game is gone or that I don't have game anymore because when you play five minutes, it's tough to really get into a rhythm," Stoudemire said before the Knicks faced the Hawks at Madison Square Garden. "If you miss a shot, it feels like the world is collapsing on you because you're expected to do so much and somewhat win the game in five minutes, and it's tough. It's hard to deal with."
Stoudemire said he would be more comfortable being used the way the Spurs use Tim Duncan, playing 20-plus minutes in a couple of games and then resting a couple of games.
It remains unclear what kind of resolution, if any, Woodson and Stoudemire came to in their talk. Woodson did tell reporters that the two of them had met, but he did not say anything specific about increasing Stoudemire's minutes.
"I think both he and I are in a pretty good place," Woodson said. "I've just got to get him comfortable on the floor in the short minutes he's playing."
J.R. will keep tweeting
J.R. Smith has no plans to stop tweeting. He said he does plan to show a bit more self restraint after being fined $25,000 by the NBA on Friday for a recent hostile tweet directed at Pistons guard Brandon Jennings.
"I just have to do a better job of policing myself," Smith said.
Smith has no plan to appeal the fine and said he doesn't have any problem with the fact that Jennings was not fined by the league.