Woodson: Amar'e might practice Tuesday

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Amar'e Stoudemire is inching closer to a return to the Knicks' lineup.

There is a possibility that Stoudemire could practice with the team on Tuesday, coach Mike Woodson said.

Woodson said Stoudemire -- who hasn't played yet this season following surgery to repair a ruptured cyst in his left knee -- hasn't yet been cleared by doctors to resume practice. But the coach said he might know more about Stoudemire's status after Monday's game.

When asked directly if Stoudemire would practice with the team Tuesday, Woodson said, "We'll see."

"I think he's moving in a positive way," Woodson said. "Everything is going according to plan. We just haven't had any time to get some practice in. Hopefully we'll practice some and see where he is."

The original timetable called for Stoudemire to miss 6-8 weeks following his Nov. 1 surgery.

He has gone through several strenuous workouts before recent Knicks games. The forward worked for about 45 minutes with Knicks assistant coach LaSalle Thompson on drills in the post before the Knicks-Cavs game on Saturday.

Stoudemire's movements looked fluid. It seems like he's gaining explosiveness in his surgically repaired left knee.

Woodson said one key for Stoudemire will be how his knee feels the morning after a practice.

"That's the whole key. If he's sore the next day, then you're going to have to back off until you gradually get him where we need to have him," the coach said. "I am not throwing any of these guys out there where they have a chance to fail."