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Woodson thinks Amare Stoudemire will play Sunday

Miami Heat v New York Knicks - Game Three

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 03: Amare Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks wears a sling on his left arm due to a cut on his hand against the Miami Heat in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 3, 2012 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

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Not sure this really helps much, but it’s not like things are going to get worse.

Amare Stoudemire took part in drills with the Knicks Friday morning and coach Mike Woodson expects him to play in Game 4 Sunday, tweets Howard Beck at the New York Times. Woodson was able to catch passes, dunk and use the hand he tore up by smashing it into the glass casing of a fire extinguisher in Miami. The fire extinguisher won.

The Knicks are down 0-3 to the Miami Heat in the first round and the Heat’s suffocating defense is the reason. In theory having another weapon the caliber of Stoudemire on the floor will help attack a defense, but it hasn’t worked that way. This season the Knicks were six points per 100 possessions worse when ‘Melo and Amare were paired than when it was just ‘Melo. Mike Woodson’s offense flows through ‘Melo — in game 6 he had 26 shots and Stoudemire nine. Which was why he was frustrated and hit a fire extinguisher.

But at this point, it can’t hurt, can it?