It shouldn’t really come as too much of a surprise, but it looks like New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire will not be available for the team’s opening round playoff game against the Boston Celtics, Knicks head coach Mike Goodson hinted. Then again, the Knicks have been without Stoudemire for much of the season.
“I think he’s going to be out,” Woodson said Thursday. “That’s my gut.”
Stoudemire was on the floor during practice but hasn’t started running yet. The veteran power forward underwent surgery March 11 to clean up debris in his right knee.
It shouldn’t prove to be a major loss for the Knicks as they make a playoff run, but it never hurts to have a few extra big bodies in the paint. It wouldn’t be too surprising if the Knicks are without Stoudemire for a few more weeks.
Regardless of whether or not they get Stoudemire back on the court during the 2013 postseason, the Knicks remain a favorite in the Eastern Conference.
I would still predict a Knicks Easter Conference Final appearance against the Miami Heat.