Stoudemire announced his retirement from the NBA on Tuesday. Stoudemire also signed with the Knicks for his final contract on Tuesday, in order to retire with New York in the same day. Over the six-time NBA All-Star's 14 seasons in the NBA, Stoudemire finished his career with 846 appearances and averaged 18.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game with the Suns, Knicks, Mavericks, and Heat.
Stoudemire (coach's decision) didn't play in Friday's 103-91 Game 6 win over the Raptors. The writing was on the wall for Stoudemire to fall out of the rotation when he was sent to the bench for Game 6 after starting the previous two games. Though the Heat are thin in the frontcourt with Chris Bosh (blood clots) out for the postseason and Hassan Whiteside (knee) possibly in line for a similar fate, it appears coach Erik Spoelstra is content to lean on the small-ball lineups that were successful in Friday's win.
Stoudemire will come off the bench for Friday's matchup with the Raptors, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports. Stoudemire has started the previous two games for Miami due to Hassan Whiteside's absence. He was struggling physically to handle the load however, and only managed to play three minutes after starting Game 5. The Heat will opt to go small with Luol Deng at center.
Stoudemire entered the starting lineup, but he scored just six points (2-3 FG, 2-2 FT) to go along with three rebounds and a steal in 12 minutes during Monday's win over the Raptors. The veteran got the start with Hassan Whiteside (knee) sidelined, but with Toronto missing starting center Jonas Valanciunas, both teams resorted to smaller lineups for long stretches. Stoudemire could still have a role to play if Whiteside continues to sit, but the possibility of a repeat of the aforementioned tactics limits his upside.
Stoudemire will draw the start in Monday's Game 4 against the Raptors, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. This was considered the most likely option for the Heat to go with Hassan Whiteside sidelined. Stoudamire's role has been limited in the series thus far, playing just 5.3 minutes in three games. However, when Whiteside missed a two-week stretch back in January, Stoudamire saw his minutes jump to 22.4 minutes per game. In total, he posted 9.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.0 steals, and 0.7 blocks during that six game stretch. While he is physically limited, Stoudamire has shown he is capable of putting together a respectable workload in the 20 minute range.
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