Amar'e Stoudemire Returns To Court After Missing Four Weeks With Back Injury

Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire will return to the court after missing four weeks due to a back injury. He will be in the Knicks' starting lineup on Friday.

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Amar'e Stoudemire Injury Update: Knicks' Star Returns To Starting Lineup, Landry Fields Benched

New York Knicks star forward Amar'e Stoudemire will return to the court on Friday against the Cleveland Cavaliers following a four-week absence due to a back injury, coach Mike Woodson confirmed to reporters during shootaround. Woodson also confirmed that Stoudemire will go right back into the starting lineup, replacing struggling guard Landry Fields.

Stoudemire has been out of action since March 24 with a bulging disk in his back. The Knicks have fared well in his absence, going 8-4 in the 12 games he's missed.

In Stoudemire's absence, Woodson decided to move Carmelo Anthony to power forward and insert Iman Shumpert into the starting lineup, a move that paid dividends. However, Woodson has decided to go back to a traditional lineup while keeping Shumpert in and sitting Fields.

At 33-29, the Knicks are likely locked into the No. 7 seed, barring a collapse from sixth-seeded Orlando. They would likely play either the Chicago Bulls or Miami Heat in the first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs.

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Amar'e Stoudemire Injury Update: Knicks Forward Could Return Friday, Mike Woodson Says

The New York Knicks are close to clinching a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference, but have been depleted by injuries in recent weeks. Newly minted superstar Jeremy Lin is out with a knee injury and Amar'e Stoudemire is suffering from a bulging disk in his lower back. However, there is now a chance that Stoudemire could return earlier than expected -- perhaps even with a few games left before the end of the regular season.

According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, Knicks interim head coach Mike Woodson says Stoudemire is "feeling pretty good" and that a return for Friday's road game against the Cleveland Cavaliers is "a possibility."

According to Woodson, Stoudemire has experienced no setbacks during his recovery from injury. The plan is to see how the forward feels following practice on Thursday and make a decision from there for Friday's game. Woodson has said he will "absolutely" start Stoudemire when the player is ready to return.

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Amar'e Stoudemire Injury Update: Knicks Forward Hopes To Return For Playoffs, Offseason Surgery A Possibility

The New York Knicks have been keeping their playoff hopes alive despite a depleted bench and ailing starters. Amar'e Stoudemire is still out of action with a bulging disc in his lower back, but there is still a chance that the power forward could be back in time for the postseason.

Marc Berman of the New York Post reports that Stoudemire will receive an epidural steroid injection that will be a temporary fix for the injury, allowing the player to return to action in the short term.

Wellington Hsu, an orthodepic surgeon and spokesman for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, said the injection will reduce inflammation around the nerve root -- not the bulging disk itself.

"Even temporary relief from such an injection is enough for the player to return to the court," Hsu said.

A doctor in Miami offered a second opinion that this is an acceptable short-term solution for the problem, but the consensus medical opinion is that Stoudemire will need to undergo surgery in the offseason to prevent his back injury from becoming a recurring problem in the future.

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Amar'e Stoudemire Injury Update: Knicks Forward To Miss 2-4 Weeks With Back Ailment

New York Knicks power forward Amar'e Stoudemire will miss two to four weeks as he undergoes treatment for a bulging disk in his back, the team announced on Wednesday. Stoudemire had not played since Saturday's blowout win over the Detroit Pistons.

There was a fear that Stoudemire would need surgery that would knock him out for the season, so this is good news in the sense that this timetable allows for him to return for the playoffs if the Knicks get there. However, the injury does come at an especially bad time for Stoudemire himself, as he was just starting to regain his all-star form after struggling for most of the season.

Stoudemire is averaging just 17.6 points and eight rebounds per game on 47.7 percent shooting this season. All of those figures are his lowest in a full season since 2003-04.

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Amar'e Stoudemire Injury Worries Knicks Fans

Amar'e Stoudemire has been diagnosed with a bulging disc in his lower back and will be out of action indefinitely. While the New York Knicks won their first game without one of their key starters, the injury has Knicks fans plenty worried.

Seth over at Knicks blog Posting and Toasting has been tracking Stoudemire's injury since it knocked the power forward out of Saturday's game against the Detroit Pistons. Here's the reaction upon first learning that Stoudemire was going for an MRI:

Another serious back injury would be an especially bummerful bummer because Stoudemire was just starting to look like his bouncy self and make a positive impact on both ends of the floor, and that's a good 10 or 11 months after first hurting himself.

And the reaction to the diagnosis:

We know all too well from our experiences with Danilo Gallinari and Baron Davis that bulging discs have the potential to cause a lot of trouble long-term. There's no way of knowing for how long this particular disc would like to bulge, but it seems possible that Amar'e could sit out for quite some time. Pooooop.

While the Knicks were able to plug in Carmelo Anthony at power forward in Stoudemire's first game out, the injury still has a lot of New York fans understandably biting their nails.

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Amar'e Stoudemire Injury Update: Knicks Forward Has Bulging Disc In Lower Back, Out Indefinitely

Power forward Amar'e Stoudemire of the New York Knicks has had his fair share of back injuries over the past couple of seasons. His latest back issue knocked him out of Saturday's game against the Detroit Pistons, after which he underwent an MRI to determine the extent of the injury.

According to the official New York Knicks Twitter feed, Stoudemire has been diagnosed with a bulging disc in his lower back. The injury will keep Stoudemire out of action indefinitely. Coach Mike Woodson stated that he was looking forward to seeing how bench players will perform during Stoudemire's absence.

Steve Popper of NorthJersey.com reported that Stoudemire is currently in Miami, receiving a second opinion.

Also missing Monday night's game against the Milwaukee Bucks will be point guard Jeremy Lin. According to Jonah Ballow of NYKnicks.com, Lin and the Knicks trainers came to a mutual decision to sit out the game. Lin remains day-to-day with a sore knee. Lin claims the knee is improving.

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Amar'e Stoudemire Injury: Knicks Forward To Have MRI On Ailing Back, According To Report

Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire injured his back against the Detroit Pistons and is getting an MRI to assess the severity of the injury, according to a report.

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