Stoudemire's playoffs last year didn't start out that great, but then he turned it on something fierce leading the Suns to a series win over the Blazers, a sweep of the Spurs and taking the Lakers to the limit in the Western Conference Finals. For the playoffs he averaged 22 points per game but didn't grab the rebounds he had in past playoff performances, something he will have to do this series in order for the Knicks to advance. For his career, Amar'e averages 24 points and 9 boards in this myriad of playoff appearances..
Now he faces a tremendous challenge in the form of Kevin Garnett, who, despite being on the south side of his career seems to be healthier than last year, which is always the biggest concern surrounding him and one that I had in the first round last year. Boy, was I wrong to count he and the Celts out last year, and it would be silly if I did it again this year.
KG is a pure jump shooter and Amar'e will have to respect that and close out, but Garnett will also have his hands full with Stoudemire's foot speed and improved mid range jumper.
I think Amar'e has a real chance to win this individual match up and if he does the Knicks will have the upper hand in the series. You can say what you want about Stoudemire's regular season performances, but there is no question that he's a solid, proven playoff performer who is in his prime.