- Posted: 1:17 PM, May 4, 2012
His workout came three days after undergoing hand surgery after getting seriously injured punching a glass-enclosed fire extinguisher moments after Game 2.
Woodson did an about-face today after seeing Stoudemire able to catch passes but doctors still have to clear him. Stoudemire was cautiously optimistic, but said the Knicks still listed him as "doubtful."
On Wednesday, Stoudemire said there was a “great” chance he would play again in the series after slicing his hand open following the Game 2 loss at Miami, but scaled back his prediction a touch today.
“I’ll wait and see what the reaction is from today,’’ Stoudemire said. “I’ll see how it feels tomorrow. I’ll practice again tomorrow [if I can] and see how it feels and we’ll see for Sunday. It’s definitely not 100 percent. It’s a little bit sore, too. Today was a test run.’’
Stoudemire said he wasn’t supposed to do anything today and doctors told him to give it another day of rest. But he felt great last night and wanted to give it a whirl.
“With this type of injury, playing Sunday would be out of the question for most people,’’ Stoudemire said. “I feel I’m blessed. I heal fast. I persevere through a lot of injuries.’’
“It’s definitely not 100 percent,’’ Stoudemire added. “I’m still pretty sore at times. I’m a team player. We have an opportunity where we have to try to get a win.’’
The Knicks trail in the first-round series 3-0 against Miami and face a sweep Sunday. Stoudemire missed last night’s loss, sitting on the bench in a sling. The drama of Stoudemire’s return shifted the focus from the Knicks’ ineptitude during a series in which Carmelo Anthony has been outplayed badly by LeBron James.
Despite Stoudemire participating in drills, a surprised Woodson said he was still concerned about how effective Stoudemire could be in a playoff game but admitted that his player knows his body.
"I have to trust his judgment,” Woodson said. “I’m concerned if he can catch the ball and able to pass it rebound it and shoot it. This is all speculation until the doctors release him and say he can play. He came in this morning and the doctors were working with him and he sid he wanted to give it a try and they bandaged him.’’
Last April, Stoudemire tried to play Games 3 and 4 against the Celtics with a pulled back muscle and could hardly move.
On Thursday, Woodson said he did not believe Stoudemire would be cleared by team doctors in time to play Sunday. The Knicks had very low expectations Stoudemire would make it back from the surgery in time for the first round.
“It’s a pretty significant amount of padding,’’ Stoudemire said. “I wasn’t expecting to do this today. But I felt great last night and felt better than expected. But it’s still pretty sore.’’
Stoudemire said he feels fortunate because the cut was a millimeter from damaging a nerve that he said could’ve been a career-ending injury. On Tuesday, Stoudemire had surgery to repair a muscle.