Stoudemire’s Back Is Worse, Unsure For Game 4

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Amare Stoudemire says his back is worse and needs to feel better if he is going to play in Game 4 of the Knicks’ series against Boston.

Stoudemire missed the second half of Game 2 on Tuesday with back spasms and was told the injury takes three weeks to heal. He played Friday night and struggled with seven points, shooting 2 of 8 in 33 minutes.

The All-Star forward says he was below 50 percent and was “pretty much in pain the whole game, from start to finish.” Game 4 is Sunday afternoon, and Stoudemire says he wants to make a smart decision and not worsen the injury.

“If I feel better tomorrow, then we’ll see how it goes,” he said. “If not, then hopefully we still can get a win.”

  • dico j.

    It’s too late now, send the loser home.

  • Chris Ross

    Last night was pretty pathetic from the Knicks standpoint. They pretty much didn’t do anything right. Couldn’t score, couldn’t defend, couldn’t rebound. Those all seem like pretty important things generally. They need Stoudemire tomorrow if they want any chance of winning but it probably won’t make much of a difference .For next year they’re going to need somewhat of a better bench next year if they want become real contenders because what they have right now is a sorry excuse for a bench. They played 2 real tough games in Boston and then they come back to MSG for the first game in 7 years and they put out that perfomance. A lot of questions are going to need to be answered and it will be interesting to see how they work stuff out in the offseason.

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