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Stoudemire says “great chance” he is back Sunday for Game 4

May 2, 2012, 12:58 PM EDT

Knicks forward Stoudemire leaves the American Airlines Arena with his hand in a sling after his team's loss to the Heat in Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff in Miami Reuters

While nobody else has seemed nearly as optimistic, Amare Stoudemire thinks he could be back on the court soon.

Whether or not that is a good thing for the Knicks is up for debate.

But Stoudemire said he thinks he could return Sunday. Here is a tweet from Al Iannazzone of Newsday.

Stoudemire said he thinks there is ‘a great chance’ he plays Sunday

Players are always more optimistic about their return than realistic, other reports from team and league sources think he is likely out for the series. It depends on how things heal, but the description given ESPN’s Chris Broussard doesn’t make it sound like he is coming back quickly.

“Half of his hand was just hanging off. It was really bad. Blood was just squirting out. That’s why they had the paramedics come in, because they thought he might have punctured an artery because of how much blood was coming out.”

Stoudemire also said this was not a closed-fist punch, rather he just swung his arm out of frustration and his hand shattered the glass on the fire extinguisher case. He said he did it out of frustration at being down 2-0.

He is out for Game 3 Thursday and how that game goes for the Knicks could determine whether the team pushes him to return or rest.

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