Miami has won all three games by double figures and is 6-0 against New York counting the regular season. With Jeremy Lin and Iman Shumpert also out, the Heat can focus more attention on Carmelo Anthony, who is shooting just 34 percent from the field.
Having Stoudemire might help, though Woodson left open the possibility that Stoudemire would play but not start after throwing him right back into the starting lineup when he returned from a 13-game absence with a bulging disk in his back.
All the injuries, plus the death in February of his older brother and the ridicule he's received since his injury, have made this a difficult season for Stoudemire. It's likely to be over soon — no NBA team has overcome a 3-0 deficit — so he wants to be out there just in case.
"All the fans that stuck with me deserve to see me back on the court, but it's mainly for my teammates because they're working their butts off all season to be in this position to try to go to the next round," Stoudemire said. "And for the guys that may not be back next year, I want to make sure I still leave a great memory on the court with them before it's all said and done. Hopefully, we can get a win Sunday and take it to Miami for Wednesday."
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