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Amare Stoudemire not expected to play in first round

Apr 19, 2013, 1:58 AM EDT

New York Knicks forward Stoudemire shares a laugh with teammate and guard Smith after he entered their NBA game with the Portland Trail Blazers during the second quarter in New York Reuters

This doesn’t really change anything for the Knicks — they have been without him for most of the season. But they could have used him.

Don’t expect to see Amare Stoudemire in the first round of the playoffs.

That word comes from Knicks coach Mike Woodson, who didn’t sound very optimistic, as reported by ESPNNewYork.com.

“I think he’s going to be out,” Woodson said Thursday. “That’s my gut.”

Stoudemire was on the floor during practice but hasn’t started running yet. The veteran power forward underwent surgery March 11 to clean up debris in his right knee.

My gut says if you haven’t started the running part of your rehab yet you are not going to be playing basketball in the next couple weeks

This is not some kind of big loss for the Knicks — they closed the season 17-6 and all of that was without Stoudemire in the lineup. That said they could use his size and depth along the front line against Boston, however.

The guy the Knicks really need to have playing at full speed along the front line for this series is center Tyson Chandler. They need his defense in the paint. And it sounds like he’ll be ready to go.

“It’s the best I’ve felt in a long time,” Chandler said. “It actually was a blessing in disguise that I was able to get that time off because now I’ll have fresh legs throughout the playoffs and I’m excited for this long run we’re about to endure.”

  1. Rich Peters - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    Reblogged this on Higher Ground.

  2. halfbaht - Apr 19, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    I hope Amare does play, gives us an even better chance of upsetting the Knicks. GO CELTICS!

  3. dysraw1 - Apr 19, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    your choice of words are correct because if beantown wins it will be an upset

  4. majorhavoc83 - Apr 19, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    I’m not sure why anyone would have expected Amar’e for the first round – other than we want him back on the court, healthy and playing well. Amar’e had his knee surgery around March 9th, and it was expected to be a 6 week recovery. That means he *might* be ready to start working out again in the next week or so *if* he’s healing well. Then he has to get back into game shape so he can be effective in a real game – at playoff speed and intensity!

    As a big Knick fan, I want to see Amar’e on the court in the playoffs, but it does us no good to push him to get out there if he isn’t capable of playing at the level he needs to play at to help the team win! The worst thing he can do is push too hard and re-injure himself.

  5. money2long - Apr 19, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    you hear that guys? chandler knows the knicks are about to endure a long run in the post season. no first round exits ! i’ve had so much faith in ny all year. and it bothered me hearing ppl talk about the pacers and bulls or whoever as bigger threats to miami. puh-leazeee. and i think it’s crazy how the knicks can have a weapon like amare in their arsenal yet not skip a beat without him in the rotation !

  6. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Knicks in 5. Don’t need Amare until Miami anyway.

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