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Amar’e Stoudemire, Out With Back Injury, Likely To Return To Floor On Friday

Amar'e Stoudemire (credit: Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Amar’e Stoudemire (credit: Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - The Knicks won their fifth game in seven tries last night after putting on a show against the Celtics, and all of those victories were without star power forward Amar’e Stoudemire, who is battling a back injury.

Stoudemire missed his 12th straight game on Tuesday night with a bulging disk, and although New York has been playing exceptionally well without him, good news appears to be on the horizon.

Stoudemire is likely to return to the floor on Friday night when the Knicks head to Cleveland to take on the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers, CBSSports.com reported.

It was speculated that the former first-round pick would make his return against the Nets tonight, but the Knicks appear to be acting cautiously with the playoffs around the corner.

The 6-foot-11, 260-pound Stoudemire is averaging 17.6 points and eight rebounds in 43 games this season.

Will Amar’e hurt the Knicks’ chemistry, as some have suggested, or will he be able to gel with Carmelo? Sound off with your comments below…