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Amar'e Stoudemire May Sit Game Four

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Amar'e Stoudemire, who was essentially absent from Game 3, may sit Game 4 if his back doesn't improve.

Stoudemire started on Friday night but struggled throughout the game. He finished with seven points on 2-of-8 shooting and pulled down three rebounds. He estimated that he was playing at less than 50 percent. He said on Saturday that he has to feel better to take the floor Sunday in Game 4.

"It has to be better. I knew last night I wasn't 100 percent. I wasn't 50 percent last night. I was pretty much in pain the whole game, from start to finish. I just don't want to further injure the injury," Stoudemire said. "We understand how bright the future is here with the organization. ... We want to continue that success out here in the next few years. So we don't want to damage anything by overdoing it."

If Amar'e's health meter isn't filled to 80 at the minimum, there's no reason to risk any further injury with the team down 3-0 in the series. Game 3 was a matter of heart and competitiveness and he's shown that, but if he's still wincing with each step on Sunday, he should cryogenicaly freeze himself like John Spartan until the following season.