Amare Stoudemire Cleared to Play 30 Minutes

Doctors allow Amare to increase minutes

1/16/13 in NBA   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - Amare Stoudemire Cleared to Play 30 MinutesNew York Knicks' power forward Amare Stoudemire (knee) has been given the go-ahead by doctors to play up to 30 minutes per game. Amare was previously advised to play around 20 minutes in each contest, and did so for the most part. He's averaged 20.8 minutes in his seven games this season, topping 23 only once (28).

Head coach Mike Woodson will likely expand STAT's playing time, but not due to how he's performed in limited action this season. Amare is averaging only 9.4 points per game on 44.2% shooting, and is hauling in an average of only 3.0 rebounds. Granted, he has shot at least 50% from the field in three of his past four games, which is encouraging.

The reason Amare's playing time will increase is because the more live action he gets, the sooner he'll be back to being the same Amar'e Stoudemire we're used to seeing. An increase in minutes will allow him to get more time doing the best workout available - playing against NBA opponents.

When watching Amare play, it's obvious that he is still working to get his legs back. His signature explosiveness simply is not there in most cases. He has had a few vicious slams that remind Knicks fans of Amare's early days in New York, but he hasn't been able to consistently elevate for easy buckets and rebounds. His mid-range jump shot - which was absolutely automatic in 2010-11 season - has become a weakness, and he'll need that live action to get his rhythm back in the mid-range game.

The best part about the news of Amare increasing his minutes is that the fragile power forward hasn't experienced any setbacks, even after playing in a back-to-back against two of the league's physically toughest teams (Pacers and Bulls).

Hopefully, this increase in minutes will allow Amare to expedite the process of returning to an All-Star-caliber power forward, and help make the Knicks' bench the best in the NBA.
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