New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire is scheduled to play about 10 to 15 minutes in Saturday's Game 3 against the Indiana Pacers, ESPNNewYork.com reported Thursday.
Stoudemire is recovering from knee surgery and has not played in a game since March 7.
But Knicks coach Mike Woodson and Stoudemire had said earlier in the week that Stoudemire might return for Saturday's game.
Stoudemire has not experienced in a setbacks since then, and Woodson on Thursday laid out the game plan for Stoudemire's return Saturday, with the series tied 1-1.
"It won't be very many minutes," Woodson said, according to the report. "I'm thinking somewhere between 10 and 15 minutes, if that."
Stoudemire missed time earlier this season because of left knee debridement. He returned on New Year's Day and played two and a half months without missing a game before the latest issue with his knee sidelined him again.
"We have talked about [managing expectations]," Woodson said. "I thought maybe we might have pushed a little too much early on, so we've got to be really cautious this time around -- just to make sure that we're doing the right things with him.
"It's not that we didn't think that when he came back the first time, but this time, we really have got to be cautious. He understands; he has no choice."
Stoudemire said he's willing to do what the coaches want.
"It's whatever. It's a matter of will," Stoudemire said. "I can play whatever the coaching staff wants me to play. ... Any time you get on the court, you have a chance to make an impact on the game. So if I'm able to play for Game 3, however [much] time coach Woodson puts me in for, I'm going to definitely contribute."
He participated in full contact in scrimmaging for the second time this week on Thursday.
Stoudemire averaged 14.2 points and 5.0 rebounds in 29 games this season.