Amar'e: Finals are our goal
Amar’e Stoudemire isn’t only focused on the first round of the playoffs. Making the Finals is on his radar, too.
Perhaps tired of the Celtics talking more about reaching The Finals than beating the Knicks in the first round, Stoudemire traveled the same road yesterday after practice.
"Our main goal is to get to The Finals," Stoudemire said. "That’s our main goal. But we’ve got to win. We’ve got to go out to Boston and get a win. Last year [in Phoenix] we made it to the Western Conference finals. We’ve got to keep guys motivated, keep guys focused and understand we have a great shot at doing something special. It’s a matter of bringing our smarts, determination and dedication to the game every night."
Stoudemire declared his ankle as "100 percent" yesterday,
responding well to his return Wednesday in the regular-season finale in
Boston. Stoudemire missed three games with a left ankle sprain before
playing 20 minutes against the Celtics. Stoudemire looked a little rusty
in not getting lift on a blown, uncontested dunk, and shot just 6 of
15. "The ankle is 100 percent — no worries," Stoudemire said. Asked if his tank was full after wearing down in March, Stoudemire said, "Overload." "Postseason brings out the best of me," he said.
Knicks coach Miker D’Antoni is in a quandary on how much to increase
Stoudemire’s and Carmelo Anthony’s minutes, especially because the
team’s bench is unaccomplished. D’Antoni is tempted to play them 40