Knicks’ Stoudemire still doubtful for Sunday

May 4, 2012, 7:53 PM

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Interim coach Mike Woodson thinks Amare Stoudemire is going to play for the New York Knicks on Sunday in Game 4 against the Miami Heat.

With the Heat up 3-0 in the series, the Knicks got some good news when Stoudemire was able to work out with his lacerated left hand wrapped. He was injured when he punched a fire extinguisher case after Game 2, hitting some glass and needing surgery to repair a muscle.

Stoudemire says he is still doubtful and that the hand is still definitely not 100 per cent, but was relieved to be back on the court Friday after an injury that could have been much worse. He says the cut was only a millimeter away from a nerve.

"I know there’s a lot of jokes, a lot of fun made out of it," he said, "but it was a serious matter for me and my family, because it was so close to my nerve. But I feel great that I’m back, being able to get back on the basketball court and still run and play and use my hand, off an incident that wasn’t on purpose, just a reaction out of losing a game," Stoudemire told reporters Friday.

“I know losing is never an easy pill to swallow," he added. "But try not to react, because you never know what can happen."

The Miami Heat currently lead the New York Knicks 3-0 in their opening round playoff series.

–With files from Sportsnet.ca

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