Stoudemire out vs. Utah with soreness

Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire sat out of Monday's pivotal game against Utah to rest his oft-injured knees.

Coach Mike Woodson told the team's official web site that Stoudemire was taking a "recovery day" and that his knee was "a little sore."

Stoudemire, according to published reports, said his recovery day was planned, though, and that his knee wasn't sore.

Amar'e Stoudemire

Amar'e Stoudemire

#1 PF
New York Knicks

2014 STATS

  • GM58
  • PPG11.6

  • RPG4.9

  • APG0.5

  • FG%.549

  • FT%.719

Stoudemire has played four games in six nights, so it's understandable that he and the Knicks would be cautious with his knees.

But New York is in the midst of a tight race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, and Stoudemire has played a pivotal role in the Knicks' success of late.

Since the 31-year-old entered the starting lineup, New York is 10-3. Stoudemire has averaged 17.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game since joining the starting lineup.

He started the season on restricted minutes as the Knicks took a cautious approach with Stoudemire's knees after he underwent three surgeries over a 12-month period. His minutes limit has since been taken away. Stoudemire has played 28.8 minutes per game in his past 13.

With Stoudemire out, Mike Woodson inserted Iman Shumpert into the starting lineup. J.R. Smith moved to small forward.

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