New York: The team was handed good and bad news at Sunday’s practice session. Amar’e Stoudemire flew back to New York after an MRI revealed a ruptured popliteal cyst behind his left knee. The power forward will have his knee reevaluated and is now listed out for approximately 2-3 weeks. On the flip side, Ronnie Brewer participated in the scrimmage session on Sunday and head coach Mike Woodson was optimistic that the shooting guard could play in Monday’s game against Philadelphia. Marcus Camby is on the trip with team but will not suit up for the contest at Syracuse’s Carrier Dome. J.R. Smith remains in New York nursing a sore ankle. The Knicks are entering their second to last preseason game with a 2-2 overall record.
Last Time Out
New York: The Knicks fell to the Celtics 109-98 on Saturday night in Albany despite 34 points from Chris Copeland.
Philadelphia: With a 88-79 win over the Celtics last night, the 76ers improved to 5-1 in exhibition play.
The Numbers Game
While fighting for a roster spot, Copeland showed some promise on Saturday night with most the Knicks starters on the sidelines. Copeland scored 34 points on 11-of-18 shooting, 3-of-4 behind the arc, and 9-of-9 at the charity stripe in 37 minutes of action.
Match-up to Watch
Ronnie Brewer vs. Jason Richardson
Brewer’s potential return to the Knicks lineup is significant. Carmelo Anthony categorized the offseason acquisition of Brewer as “underrated” and most opposing shooting guards in the league would agree. Brewer is considered a stingy wing defender with a strong frame that helps him stifle some of the elite shooting guards in the NBA. One would assume he will be New York’s 2-guard on opening night if healthy and Monday night is a great chance for Brewer to regain game conditioning against Richardson.