Amar’e Stoudemire Not Sure He Can Play in Game 4

by April 23, 2011

According to the NY Times, the chances of Amar’e Stoudemire suiting up for Game 4 tomorrow are slim to none: “When he was asked if it was worth subjecting his body to another afternoon of punishment, Stoudemire demurred. ‘The future here with the Knicks organization is very bright, and you don’t want to hinder that by doing too much right now on the back,’ he said Saturday. ‘We did a phenomenal job this year so far with making the playoffs. Obviously, we wanted to have a better run in the postseason.’ Stoudemire stopped short of declaring himself out of Game 4, but he gave every indication that he was leaning that way. He said his type of injury usually required three to four weeks to heal — a point he made several times. ‘It’s a strained back muscle,’ he said. ‘So there’s a chance of straining it more, there’s a chance of overcompensating and having another injury. So there’s definitely some risks of playing with a strained back. And I’m not sure we want to take that risk right now when we have such a great future ahead of us.'”