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Stoudemire unlikely for Knicks' opening series

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New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson would be surprised to see injured forward Amar'e Stoudemire return for a first-round NBA playoff series against the Boston Celtics.

The veteran Stoudemire hasn't played in more than a month after having a second debridement procedure on his right knee.

"I think he's going to be out," Woodson said. "That's my gut."

Stoudemire underwent surgery on March 11 and hasn't started running in practice. The Knicks begin their series against the Celtics on Saturday.

Injuries have limited Stoudemire to 29 games this season. He's averaging 14 points and five rebounds per game.

The Knicks also could be without Pablo Prigioni for Game 1 of the opening-round series. Prigioni sprained an ankle in practice on Wednesday and is listed as questionable.

Should Prigioni be unable to play, rookie Chris Copeland would slide into his spot and Iman Shumpert would move over to shooting guard.

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