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Amar'e Stoudemire leaves Game 2 with back spasms

Posted on: April 19, 2011 9:02 pm
Edited on: April 19, 2011 10:34 pm
New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire left Game 2 against the Boston Celtics with back spasms and did not return. Posted by Ben Golliver. amare-stoudemire

New York Knicks All-Star forward Amar'e Stoudemire leads his team in rebounds, blocks and is its second-leading scorer while also serving as its heart, soul and mouthpiece. Unfortunately, Stoudemire was confined to the bench for the entire second half of Game 2 of a first round playoff series against the Boston Celtics due to back spasms.

Stoudemire, who signed with the Knicks last summer, has been the popular face of the franchise, leading New York to the playoffs for the first time since 2003-2004 and to a winning record for the first time since 2000-2001. At the 3:21 mark of the second quarter, though, Stoudemire called mercy, and Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni motioned for his team to foul to stop the game action so that he could remove Stoudemire from the game. At the time of his injury, the Knicks trailed the Celtics, 38-37.

Stoudemire left the court to receive treatment and he was initially listed as "questionable" to return. During third quarter, that diagnosis changed to "out" for the remainder of the game. 

Following the game, the New York Post reported that Stoudemire "doesn't know'' whether he will be able to play during Friday's Game 3 but is hopeful."  The paper also noted that Stoudemire has "never had back spasms before" and that Stoudemire first starting feeling pain when he was "dunking in warmups."

The loss of Stoudemire comes just hours after Knicks guard Chauncey Billups said he will undergo an MRI on his left knee after a strain kept him out of Game 2 action. It goes without saying that losing either Stoudemire or Billups -- let alone both -- would be crippling for New York's chances to advance against the favored Celtics, who already lead the series, 1-0. Stoudemire, especially, is irreplaceable, as no one else on New York's roster can approximate his combination of athleticism, strength and overall skill.

It's worth noting that Stoudemire was incredibly durable this season, appearing in 78 games and playing 36.8 minutes per night. He finished the season with averages of 25.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: April 20, 2011 10:26 am

Amar'e Stoudemire leaves Game 2 with back spasms

I'm sick of this China shop team.

You're sick of a team that's played better than anyone expected them to, has pushed a supposed superior team to the brink twice on their home court and has done it all despite a bunch of bad luck? 

Knicks have shown more heart and tenacity in this playoff series than we saw all year and you want to nitpick over some fluky injuries that were purely the result of circumstance?  Get real. 

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: April 20, 2011 9:51 am

Amar'e Stoudemire leaves Game 2 with back spasms

He will play. They can still win this Series. Boston is not great

Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: April 19, 2011 10:37 pm

Amar'e Stoudemire leaves Game 2 with back spasms

This is what happens when your injury prone star player plays 37 minutes a game for the whole season. Carmelo will pull up lame because he's going to play 45 minutes or more per night unless he gets into foul trouble.


Since: Jun 23, 2007
Posted on: April 19, 2011 9:57 pm

Amar'e Stoudemire leaves Game 2 with back spasms

I'm sick of this China shop team.  Who's hurt the next game?  Step right up and pull up lame, Melo.  Your turn

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