"It's been maybe the hardest month I've ever played in, maybe in my career," he said after Monday's game. "So many games, so many back-to-backs, then they threw in the makeup game in this month. So it was very, very tough. And on top of that, we're trying to get used to our new teammates, so it was a tough month for us. But hopefully we can cap it off against the Nets with a win."Speaking of validation, this does somewhat validate those who aren't fans of Mike D'Antoni's burning the midnight oil rotation in terms of distributing minutes. But the schedule speaks for itself. Has that been the result of the poor play? March is a grind for all NBA players especially those trying to peak for when the playoffs start. That's the point. Part of being a playoff veteran is condition your body to be ready. Champions play until June and honestly, no one ever remembers March basketball in the NBA. I'm sure Amar'e is tired, but this month would have been exhausting even if he played 30 minutes per game.
Look at what Cleveland did last night to Miami. That's happened to the Knicks on several occasions. March is that month where teams who didn't give the effort night in and night out every night can play catch up if they max out the effort. I think we can all agree the Knicks gave maximum effort the other night against the Magic, they need to continue to bring that until they clinch a playoff berth.