GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Amare Stoudemire will likely be limited to about 10 to 15 minutes per game if he is able to return during New York's playoff series against the Indiana Pacers.
With Stoudemire nearing a comeback from a two-month absence following right knee surgery, both he and the Knicks are keeping expectations low.
"To be honest with you, I don't think we or he is expecting to come out and play 20 or 30 minutes and to score 15, 20, 30 points," forward Carmelo Anthony said Thursday. "I think he's just trying to gradually get himself back going. He understands that, we understand that, so if he says he's ready to go, he's ready to go. I mean, he's one of our guys. If he can help us, which we know he can, he can do that."
Not for long, though.
Coach Mike Woodson said the Knicks need to be cautious with Stoudemire, who played in only 29 games after returning from left knee surgery before having to get the same procedure on the other knee.
"We've talked a little bit about that. We talked about it way back when he had the surgery, what we expected from him based on him coming back, because I thought maybe we might have pushed him too much early on," Woodson said.
"So we've got to be really cautious this time I think with him and just make sure we're doing the right things with him. Not that we didn't think that when he came back the first time, but this time we've really got to be cautious and he understands."