New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson doesn’t think Amar’e Stoudemire will play in the team’s opening-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics.
“I think he’s going to be out,’‘ Woodson said Thursday. “That’s my gut.”
Stoudemire has been out for more than a month after needing a second debridement on his knee March 11.
The veteran power forward is not willing to rule himself out of the Knicks-Celtics series just yet.
“I’m doing everything I can to get back out there and be extremely strong and healthy so, hopefully, I’ll be out there soon,” Stoudemire said.
Stoudemire has played just 29 games this season, averaging 14 points and five rebounds in a season plagued by knee injuries. The Knicks are 17-6 in their last 23 games, winning the Atlantic Division title for the first time in 19 years.
The Knicks did receive some positive injury related news Thursday as All-Star center Tyson Chandler said he’s feeling 100 percent healthy.
“It’s the best I’ve felt in a long time,” Chandler said. “It actually was a blessing in disguise that I was able to get that time off because now I’ll have fresh legs throughout the playoffs and I’m excited for this long run we’re about to endure.”
Chandler had missed 16 games because of a bulging disk in his neck.