Knicks To Decide On Stoudemire Before Game

Amar'e Stoudemire (credit: Elsa/Getty Images)

Amar’e Stoudemire (credit: Elsa/Getty Images)

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Knicks will decide before their game against Toronto whether Amare Stoudemire is ready to return from a sprained left ankle.

Stoudemire did not take part in the morning shootaround Monday and coach Mike D’Antoni says while the All-Star forward was doing better, he was “more on the doubtful side.” D’Antoni says he wants Stoudemire at 100 percent before he returns.

Stoudemire was hurt Thursday in a loss to the Lakers and missed the Knicks’ 114-92 victory in Sacramento on Saturday. Rookie Josh Harrellson started in his place and had 14 points and 12 rebounds.

First-round pick Iman Shumpert sprained a right knee ligament in the Christmas opener and was expected to miss two to four weeks. He has increased his workouts and hopes to practice Tuesday.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.