Mike Woodson expects Amar'e Stoudemire to play in Game 4 vs. Heat

By Matt Moore | NBA writer
Amar'e Stoudemire could be back for Game 4. (Getty Images)
Amar'e Stoudemire missed Game 3 against the Heat after lacerating his hand on a fire extinguisher, in one of the most embarrassing injuries in NBA playoff history. There were multiple reports which indicated the Knicks doubted Stoudemire would be available for the rest of the series. But Friday, coach Mike Woodson said that Stoudemire could make another appearance in this series.

The decision to play Stoudemire isn't really worth any sort of debate. The injury isn't likely to be affected by his playing or impact him long-term. Saving Stoudemire from one more game with rest isn't pivotal since, well, there's a pretty good chance the Knicks will have anice long summer break after it.

The Knicks played better defense in Game 3 Thursday without Stoudemire, until the fourth quarter when LeBron James took over and it would have taken some sort of mythical creature to stop what James did. The offense was slightly worse, but it's hard to see Stoudemire making any sort of notable impact in Game 4.

Still, at least the Knicks won't have to wonder what could have been had Stoudemire not gone postal on the fire extinguisher case. The Knicks bizarre season continues.
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