Amar'e Stoudemire shows flash and rust in return
MONTREAL -- The first time Amar'e Stoudemire got the ball in the post, he spun quickly on Andrea Bargnani and scored on a short turnaround jumper from the baseline. A little later, Stoudemire tried another post move on Bargnani -- and the Raptors' big man rejected it.
Stoudemire made his preseason debut Friday night and tried out some of the low-post moves he worked on with Hakeem Olajuwon during the summer. At this point, Stoudemire needs more work.
"I was very comfortable," Stoudemire said. "I've been practicing those moves for a while. It felt fluid. A couple of easy in-and-outs, but I was able to get a few easy baskets in the post and I felt good."
Stoudemire, who missed the first two preseason games with a bone bruise in his left knee, shot 8-for-11 in 27 minutes. He got a couple of easy scores off feeds inside and was effective in pick-and-roll situations.
Carmelo Anthony had 24 points. This was the Knicks' first preseason loss, so someone, somewhere, will say Anthony and Stoudemire can't work together. But defense was the Knicks' biggest issue. They allowed Toronto to shoot 12-for-26 from three-point range.
Although Stoudemire looked rusty at times, with five fouls and three turnovers, he seems to have gotten some of his explosiveness back after an injury-plagued season.
He threw down a ferocious slam after a drive-and-dish from Raymond Felton and another after a pass from Pablo Prigioni on a pick-and-roll. The pick-and-roll will be a big part of Mike Woodson's offense and remains Stoudemire's strongest point.
Stoudemire said he doesn't expect to play Saturday night against Boston in Albany for precautionary reasons. The Knicks have two games left before the regular-season opener.
Ronnie Brewer and Marcus Camby made the three-game trip, but Camby (calf) won't play and Brewer (knee) might not either. Woodson said the Knicks might have some type of workout Sunday for Brewer to get in some contact. If they do and he's fine, he could play in Monday's trip finale in Syracuse. Woodson said J.R. Smith -- who didn't travel -- won't have an MRI on his left ankle/Achilles. Smith's foot has been in a walking boot.
Just Landry being Landry
Anthony on whether former Knick Landry Fields had extra fire playing against his former team: "He was himself. He played defense, ran the court. He did what he was supposed to do. I don't know what that is, but he did what he was supposed to do.''