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On Tuesday, "First Take" debated Amare Stoudemire's impending return to the Knicks. The team has been playing pretty well without him, actually, which brings up the all-important idea of chemistry over talent. Tim Legler would bring Stoudemire off the bench due to the fact that he doesn't fit in the Knicks' successful smaller lineup, while Skip Bayless is of the opinion that Amare would be an asset in the playoffs. What's your take?
On Tuesday, "First Take" debated the fate of the Knicks without Amare Stoudemire. Stoudemire has been lost "indefinitely" with a bulging disk in his lower back, while Jeremy Lin is day to day with a sore right knee. The Knicks are just barely in the playoff picture right now, and despite a two-game winning streak, injuries could leave them on the outside looking in come playoff time. What's your take?
Clutch young stars?
We know we've been writing a lot about Jeremy Lin, but he just doesn't stop with this whole emergence-as-a-breakout-star thng. He hit a last-second 3 last night to beat the Raptors, which reminds us of another young star who had a knack for coming through in the clutch.
It's not just a one-man show in either New York or Denver. Jeremy Lin's going to have two of the finest players in the NBA by his side when Carmelo Anthony comes back to join Amare Stoudemire, and Tim Tebow can rely on Elvis Dumervil and company to keep it close on defense.
Anthony or Lin?
Lin's hit just one game-winning shot, and the Knicks usually go to Carmelo Anthony when things are on the line. When Anthony comes back, however, should the Knicks stick with what's been working at the end of games?
Will the new combo work?
The Knicks have become Jeremy Lin's team in the time Carmelo Anthony has been out, but Anthony insists that when he takes the reins back, he and Lin won't have a problem coexisting.
Who will benefit?
Amare Stoudemire returns tonight after missing a week for his brother's funeral. He and Anthony have made a competitive pair, but will he get more out of the new-look Knicks than Carmelo?
Are the Knicks contenders?
Lin's emergence has helped the Knicks stay in the race during the absence of their two big stars, but they're still under .500 in a shortened season. Will they make the playoffs?
A serious injury for Carmelo?
The Knicks will have to make do without the services of Carmelo Anthony for one to two weeks, as he strained his right groin in Monday night's win over the Jazz.
A rising star in Jeremy Lin?
At least temporarily, the Knicks will be able to rely on Jeremy Lin, whose emergence in the past two games had some at Madison Square Garden chanting "MVP!"
Can the Knicks rebound?
That being said, the Knicks are in a precarious position -- 10-15, terrible on the road and facing a potential skid without their star player.
Are Carmelo and Amare the answer?
Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony were supposed to make New York a contending team, but it hasn't worked out that way so far.