Stoudemire answers defense critics

Updated: May 23, 2010, 3:39 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

PHOENIX -- Amare Stoudemire has tried to tune it out. Radio, television, whatever version of print media he might read these days.

He knows what people are saying about him, there's no need to overstate it.

A large helping of the blame for Phoenix's defensive failures in the first two games of the Western Conference finals is being laid on his shoulders. He's been late on rotations, passive in the post against Lakers big men Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom, and pulled ...

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