|Suns getting a lift: Stoudemire returning to lineup|
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|Friday, 09 November 2007 09:15|
MIAMI (AP) -Phoenix center Amare Stoudemire's sore right knee is much better, and he was available to play in Friday night's game against the winless Miami Heat.|
Stoudemire said he felt no pain during the team's morning shootaround in Miami.
``I think he'll start. He should,'' Suns coach Mike D'Antoni said. ``It was just a matter of time. Now it's just getting our team together and getting a little bit better, so it's good to have him back.''
Stoudemire, who had arthroscopic surgery on the knee last month to remove a loose particle, sat out Phoenix's previous three games. The Suns went 2-1 in those contests.
``I feel good. Felt great. Today's one of my better days,'' Stoudemire said after Friday's brief workout.
He had 23 points and 11 rebounds in Phoenix's season-opening win against Seattle, but was largely ineffective the next night in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, finishing with seven points on 2-for-10 shooting and one rebound in 24 minutes.
Stoudemire hasn't played since.
The two-time All-Star played in only three games of the 2005-06 season because of microfracture surgery on his left knee. He returned strongly last year, playing in all 82 regular-season games and averaging 20.4 points and a career-high 9.6 rebounds. Stoudemire also shot 57.5 percent last year, another career best.
Stoudemire had surgery on the right knee once previously, also to remove some debris.
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