Stoudemire Hoping To Return For The Playoffs, Melo Day-To-Day

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York Knicks are without Amare Stoudemire on Saturday night against the Utah Jazz.  In a best-case scenario, Stoudemire will return in six weeks and just before the start of the NBA playoffs.

It was revealed before Saturday’s game that Stoudemire will undergo debridement surgery on his right knee and miss six weeks after an MRI revealed swelling.  Before the injury, he was averaging 14.2 points and 5.0 rebounds in 29 games this season.

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The surgery would put him on a timetable to return near the start of the NBA playoffs.

The Knicks’ official PR tweeted: “Forward Amar’e Stoudemire is scheduled to have a right knee debridement this coming week. He is expected to miss approximately six weeks.”

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Stoudemire sat out the Knicks’ morning shootaround and received treatment on his knee. Mike Woodson previously said he would be a game-time decision.

He has been pushed near his limit of 30 minutes per game in three games this week.  Stoudemire is uninsured due to a history of knee troubles.

Meanwhile, Carmelo Anthony who has also been battling knee issues is out against the Jazz.  Fluid buildup has caused stiffness in Melo’s right kneeWoodson told reporters that Anthony is day-to-day.

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Will Stoudemire ever get over his knee issues?  Let us know…