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Amar'e Stoudemire's getting an MRI and stuff.

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Mar 21, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire (1) during the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Knicks defeated the Sixers 82-79. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
Mar 21, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire (1) during the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Knicks defeated the Sixers 82-79. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Muhhh. First Amar'e Stoudemire dismissed his back injury as nothing a massage couldn't fix, then he was listed as questionable for tonight's game, and now this, via Frank Isola:

Amar'e, who injured his back last April & couldn't play for 3 months, is having an MRI today for similar injury, Daily News has learned.

Isola's cheerful lead-in aside, this news is worrisome. It could just be a precautionary measure, but back soreness significant enough to merit an MRI and convince Mike Woodson that Amar'e was better off not getting in a car to come to practice is kind of scary, no? That sounds like something with the potential to be a problem. Another serious back injury would be an especially bummerful bummer because Stoudemire was just starting to look like his bouncy self and make a positive impact on both ends of the floor, and that's a good ten or eleven months after first hurting himself.

This could still amount to nothing and prove to have been mere due diligence on the Knicks' part. Let's just hope that's the case. Please. Pleeeeeeease.

Oh, and here's this Jared Jeffries rumor via Tommy Dee. Guh. I hate injuries so much.