Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Stoudemire to miss 2-4 weeks

The Knicks and Amare Stoudemire have opted to avoid back surgery in favor of rest that will force Stoudemire to miss the next two to four weeks. Stoudemire suffered a bulging disc in his spine during last Saturday's game against the Pistons that caused him to miss the last two game. At first there were worries that the injury may have been more serious and would require surgery. But following an MRI earlier this week, and a second opinion Stoudemire's bulging disc was deemed to be treatable with rest.

The injury comes at a terrible time for the team facing the most difficult stretch of the season in a tight playoff race with the Bucks (who won their game against the Hawks last night). The Knicks are also currently missing Jeremy Lin who will miss tonight's game with a sore knee.

The team was without both players during their previous win against the Bucks. The game was tough and the Knicks struggled but the finished with a decisive win.

It is not clear how effective Stoudemire will be when he returns from his injury. He was plagued with a back injury during last year's playoff that limited his ability as a player.

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