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Friday, 19 April 2013 20:46

Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire Unlikely to Play Series Vs. Celtics

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The Boston Celtics won't have to worry about stopping New York Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire because they likely won't see him. According to Ian Begley of ESPN New York, the Knicks camp is doubtful that Stoudemire will play in the first round Celtics-Knicks series.

Stoudemire has been absent from the team for more than a month after needing a second debridement on this knee. According to Matt Moore of CBS Sports, the Knicks camp has questioned Stoudemire's avaliablility for quite some time before Knicks' coach Mike Woodson released a statement to ESPN reporters regarding his doubts on Stoudemire's first-round return. 

New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson has all but ruled out Amar'e Stoudemire for 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."

With a 2012-2013 NBA season riddled with knee injury, Amar'e Stoudemire was present in only 29 of the Knicks' 82 games this season. In those 29 games, he averaged 14 points and five rebounds.

Pablo Prigioni may also be sitting on the sidelines with Stoudemire, as he his questionable for game one of the Celtics-Knicks series.