Amare Stoudemire targets Game 4

Updated: May 4, 2012, 12:25 PM ET
By Ian Begley | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Amare Stoudemire still hasn't picked up a basketball since Monday night, when he injured his hand by hitting the glass encasing of a fire extinguisher at America Airlines Arena in Miami.

"He's not able to do a whole lot of anything right now," Knicks interim coach Mike Woodson said before Game 3 of the New York Knicks-Miami Heat series on Thursday. "I just think it's day to day with him. I think the doctors are going to determine if he plays or not."

The Knicks have listed Stoudemire as doubtful for Sunday's game. But Stoudemire, who sat on the end of the Knicks' bench with his arm in a sling during Game 3 Thursday night, said he hopes to suit up.

"I persevere through a lot of injuries," Stoudemire said. "And I work hard to recover from injuries. So by the hands of the most high, hopefully, I'll be ready to play for Sunday."

Stoudemire suffered lacerations to his left hand after cutting it on the glass casing of a fire extinguisher after Game 2 of the Knicks-Heat series. He needed stitches to repair the wound. Doctors also repaired a "small muscle" in his hand, according to the team.

A source told ESPNNewYork.com that Stoudemire could be out for the series, no matter how long it lasts. The Heat hold a 2-0 advantage in the best-of-seven series entering Game 3.

On the possibility of Stoudemire returning on Sunday, Woodson said it will be left to the doctors' discretion.

"I know there's been talks, but I think that's going to be a doctors' decision there," Woodson said. "He just had his hand worked on. Nobody's come to me and said anyting about him playing Sunday so we've got to get through tonight's game and then evaluate that because I haven't heard a whole lot on that."

Ian Begley is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.

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