Via ESPN New York
Stoudemire will not play on Tuesday against Boston and is unlikely to play on Wednesday in New Jersey. But there is a possibility that he returns to the team later this weekend, either Friday night against Cleveland or Sunday against Atlanta, according to the source.
The sooner the better for a return to the court for Amare and the Knicks, but at the same time, we need to make sure he is 100%. Ideally, you would like to see him get some action on Friday vs. the Cavs before visiting the Hawks in Atlanta, but you also do not want to rush him back. The offense is in need of another scoring option, as Melo is taking on a huge load, so let’s hope STAT will be STAT upon his return. These back injuries are very common, and not always as bad as it sounds, so I am optimistic Amare will be ready to go.