Amar'e to play Saturday

December, 20, 2013
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Amar'e Stoudemire set the record straight regarding the health of his knees Friday, saying he feels "great" and IS ready to play against the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday.

Confusion arose about Stoudemire's health earlier in the week when head coach Mike Woodson said the power forward was going to be out for "a while" due to swelling in his surgically repaired knees.

Stoudemire disputed Woodson's claim on Twitter, writing that he was "not injured" and just resting after playing five games in seven nights.

Woodson clarified later in the week, saying the misunderstanding was a "blip on my part" and saying the media "ran with" the story.

On Friday, Stoudemire and Woodson were on the same page. Stoudemire said his knee swelling was minimal and he was preparing to play against Memphis.

"There was no injury, nothing like that. Just a matter of resting," he said after Friday's practice.

The Knicks are being cautious with Stoudemire given his long history of knee ailments. He underwent three knee procedures in a 10-month period. Stoudemire began the season on a 10-minute restriction but is no longer player on a minutes restriction.

Stoudemire played four games in five nights last week for the first time this season. He then played last Monday against Washington and was seen limping in the second half.

The six-time All Star's play had improved prior to Monday's game. In the six games before the loss to the Wizards, Stoudemire averaged 14 points and five rebounds in 24.5 minutes.

"It's a little bit much going from limited minutes to no back-to-backs to two back-to-backs [in a week]," Stoudemire said. "[But] I've had a few days rest and I feel great."

Stoudemire added that he and Woodson talked to clear the air over any miscommunication.

“I think he thought it was something more ... I’m not sure. But we cleared it up and everything is great,” he said.

In other injury news, veteran forward Metta World Peace did not practice on Friday and is questionable for Saturday's game due to a sore left knee. Backup point guard Toure' Murry is also questionable with a sprained left ankle.

World Peace missed two games earlier this season with knee discomfort. He later revealed that he had fluid drained from his knee twice in a two-week period.

Murry sprained his ankle in the second half of the Knicks' win over Milwaukee on Wednesday. If he can't play Saturday, Woodson will turn to Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith and Carmelo Anthony to handle the ball behind starter Beno Udrih.

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Ian Begley

ESPN New York Writer



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