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Doctors tell Woodson to reduce Stoudemire’s minutes

Jan 9, 2013, 5:18 PM EDT

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Amar’e Stoudemire played 28 minutes Monday night against the Celtics.

That caused some soreness, so doctors have ordered Mike Woodson to cut back the Stoudemire’s minutes starting Thursday against the Pacers, reports ESPNNewYork.com.

“He was probably a little sore and that’s probably the reason for it. So I’ve got to be open-minded to that and do what’s asked. That’s the right thing to do,” Woodson said after practice on Wednesday…

“I don’t feel as if it’s a setback at all. I feel great,” said Stoudemire, who’s averaging 10 points and 2.3 rebounds in 20 minutes per game through four games. “I just think we’re taking a precautionary route. Just making sure that everything [continues] to improve. I think that’s about it, really. No setbacks, no re-injury, anything like that. I feel great.”

Look for Stoudemire to be in the low 20s in minutes for a while. That may increase over time.

Stoudemire has been back four games from preseason knee surgery and has averaged 10 points a game coming off the bench.

  1. fanofevilempire - Jan 9, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    better to be safe than sorry, the season is long.
    Knicks have a lot of injured guys, no need to add to the list.

  2. eventhorizon04 - Jan 9, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Soreness is to be expected as Amar’e slowly builds up endurance.
    As he said, doesn’t mean a set-back, but it does mean they’ll have to scale back his minutes in the short-term.

  3. themagicfanguy - Jan 9, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Better to be safe than sorry doesn’t apply. They’re the Knicks, sorry is the only outcome.

    • saint1997 - Jan 9, 2013 at 10:22 PM

      says the Magic fan hahahah

    • mazblast - Jan 9, 2013 at 11:53 PM

      The Knicks have gotten a little smarter over the last few years. Isiah gone, d’Antoni gone, better roster management, better results.

      Sure, they’re still Dolan’s team, so any idiocy that may happen wouldn’t be considered to be completely unexpected, but they are worlds better than 2-3 years ago.

  4. cmehustle - Jan 10, 2013 at 6:07 AM

    Lol, thats like almost $13,000 per minute. Of course thats according to an 82 game schedule and Stats not playing 82 games this season, so he makes even more than that. Kobe makes about $8,000 per minute.

  5. themagicfanguy - Jan 10, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    @saint1997 Exactly, and that should tell you something. Were you even alive the last time the Knicks were a quality team? Just be happy that they have improved a little bit.

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